NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A woman was killed and a man hurt in a hit and run in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Police say the driver may have been drag racing.READ MORE: Candidate Conversations: Phil Murphy
As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported, a smashed up red Dodge Charger could be seen at the intersection of Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway.
Officers say around 3 a.m., it was one of three cars driving at a high rate of speed, when one lost control, and crashed into two bystanders waiting at a bus stop.
The NYPD says Aniya Blandon, 20, was killed and a 23-year-old man was hurt. He was rushed to the hospital in stable condition.
“This could have been avoided. These youth are just reckless sometimes. It’s a sad day today for me and for this community,” one resident said.
Investigators describe the two other speeding cars as black and silver sedans. They say the driver of the Charger got out of the car and hopped into one of those vehicles, and took off.READ MORE: Brian Laundrie's Remains Found In Florida Nature Reserve, Officials Say
“That’s disgraceful,” said one resident. “And then to run, that’s even worse. Not even stay to be responsible for what you did.”
“Do the right thing. Not to be going crazy and thinking the streets belong to you,” resident Ana Buendia added. “When you take your own freedom, you’re taking somebody else’s freedom away.”
Police say they believe the drivers of the three vehicles may have been racing. Residents told Duddridge they see vehicles driving recklessly late at night in the neighborhood all the time.
“We just have to educate people and pray and hope that these young men understand the dangers of drag racing in the streets, because people could be crossing the street,” Burchell M. Marcus said.
Once caught, police say the driver will face a long list of charges. including leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.MORE NEWS: 7-Year-Old Honorary NYPD Officer Diagnosed With Chronic Respiratory Failure Leaves Hospital
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782. Tips can also be sent to the NYPDTips Twitter account or submitted online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.