NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A hit-and-run was caught on camera in Brooklyn, and police are searching for the driver.
Surveillance video shows a car plow into two people at the intersection of Lee Avenue and Wallabout Street in Williamsburg.
Police said a 19-year-old man and woman were crossing the street just after midnight Wednesday when they were struck, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported Thursday.
The disturbing video shows the driver turning the corner slammed into the pedestrians and drove off. One of the victims was tossed to the middle of the road, the other tumbled onto Lee Avenue after being pushed by the car.
Both victims appeared to get up – one ran after the car. Both were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and are expected to be OK.
CBS2 showed the video to people crossing the same intersection Thursday morning.
“This is mayhem out here… I hope it was by accident, but whoever did it, I hope they get him just as well because everybody’s life is important,” said Keon Jones.
The red car was found abandoned a few blocks away, according to pictures taken at the intersection of Nostrand and Park Avenues.
“He abandoned his car, so he knows he’s in big trouble,” said Shmuel Mer Eckstein, a Williamsburg resident.
Eckstein is urging witnesses to come forward to help police find the driver.
“I wasn’t around, but I’m sure somebody saw something. It was in the middle of a very busy intersection. Please step forward. You know, you need to cooperate. That’s what this is all about, the lack of cooperation among people in society,” Eckstein said.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.
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