GREENLAWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver, police say.

It happened around midnight on Broadway at the intersection of Legacy Court in Greenlawn. 

Police say 32-year-old Sair Rodriguez was walking along the shoulder when a car heading south struck him and kept going. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Veronica Borracci, 17, of Dix Hills was arrested Thursday morning and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Cars zipping along the stretch of Broadway is the norm, according to people who live there. They say the street is no place for pedestrians.

“They’re very high speed driving here,” resident Mohammad Anis told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell.

“There’s really no sidewalks. It’s a busy street,” said resident Lenoria Wilkerson. “Kind of dangerous to walk at night.”

“This intersection particularly, is pretty bad because there really is not a stop light so there’s a lot of people going back and forth,” said resident Danny Montgomery. “It’s a shame that someone got hit.” It’s not clear if speed was a factor in the case, but residents say accidents are far too common.

“They hit my car and my car hit through the tree,” said Anis, who showed CBS2 pictures of his car that he says was hit 11 days ago while parked in his driveway. He says it’s the second crash to happen on his property within the last year.

As for the most recent case, neighbors hope it will serve as a warning for others.

“Hopefully they catch him,” Montgomery said.

Anyone with information to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


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