NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 70-year-old man was being treated at a hospital late Wednesday, after being mowed down by a hit-and-run driver in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Police said the victim was on a motorized scooter when he was struck by a white car as it turned onto 85th Street from 25th Avenue around 3:45 p.m., CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported. The driver fled the scene.
The victim was taken to NYU Lutheran Medical Center in critical condition, Gainer reported.
As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, the man’s scooter remained in the middle of the street hours later, and his personal belongings were scattered all around.
Jennifer Phamy witnessed the accident as she walked home from school.
“The guy in the car sideswipes him and he fell, like, sideways and he hit his head pretty hard — and he guy in the car look at him and he just ran off, and I was crossing like mid-street, and I had to jump back because he almost hit me because he was going so fast,” Phamy said. “So then I immediately ran to the guy and I called 911.”
Her mother, Veronica Almaz, rushed down to the scene.
“She called me and I came downstairs, and I checked to see if he was breathing – like I looked at him. I saw slight breathing. And then when the EMT came they put a brace and when they lifted him, the blood was gushing from his head,” Almaz said.
Police late Wednesday were still looking for the driver. The only information available late Wednesday was that he was a male in a white sedan.
Anyone who may have information on the crash is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit a tip by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or text a tip to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.