NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man is dead after police said he got struck by at least one vehicle during a hit-and-run incident in Queens early Sunday morning.
1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported the 43-year-old man was struck by a vehicle at the intersection on 115th Avenue and 131st Street in South Ozone Park in a hit-and-run around 2:30 a.m.
The victim, identified by friends as Doodnath Lalchan, was seen on surveillance video about to walk across 115th Avenue when he fell and appeared to lift his head up 10 seconds later in the direction of a car heading straight toward him, CBS2’s Steve Langford reported.
The vehicle drives over the man 19 seconds after he hits the pavement, according to the video.
“I didn’t hear a sound. It wasn’t like he got hit, you know, like something hit him, ’cause you would have heard him scream or something,” witness V.J. Lallbahadaur said.
The driver brakes briefly and then appeared to keep going as cars continued to drive by around the victim and another vehicle drove dangerously close to the man.
Neighbors were visibly shaken by the news, including the fact that it took nearly five minutes after the man fell to the ground for a good samaritan to pull his car in front of the victim to protect him and call police.
The victim died at the scene.
“It breaks my heart to see that,” one resident said.
The victim’s friends gathered in utter shock, especially horrified by the apparent indifference or fear shown by those who just drove on by or hit and ran.
“For you to leave a human being on the street to die– that’s no heart, that’s being a coward,” Anil Raghoonanan, a friend of the victim, said.
Police said they’re looking for a black SUV that drove right over the man who fell in the street.