In our New York City accident report for October 20th, we take a look at three tragic examples of reckless individuals causing accidents and leaving the scene after injuring innocent victims.
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Man Flees Burning Vehicle, Leaves Passenger To Die
Police have accused a driver of leaving his passenger to die after crashing his car into a concrete barrier on the Gowanus Expressway early Friday morning. Surveillance video shows the man walking towards a cab, getting inside, and leaving the scene as his vehicle is engulfed in flames with a female passenger still inside.
Police found the driver at Maimonides, where he was being treated for burn injuries. They arrested him on charges of criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and speeding.
9 People Injured In Brooklyn Hit-And-Run Accident
Nine people, including several children, were injured in a hit-and-run crash on the Belt Parkway in East New York, Brooklyn early Sunday morning. Police say the vehicle which fled the scene was stolen.
Eastbound lanes of the Parkway were shut down for several hours after the accident, as emergency responders rushed victims to nearby hospitals for treatment and maintenance crews cleaned up debris – including hundreds of blue birthday napkins scattered across the Parkway.
According to police, a suspect stole a white Mercedes Benz from North Bergen, New Jersey and drove it into NYC. At around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, the Mercedes was speeding with no headlights on and crashed into the back of a sedan near Eskrine Street. Two adult women and three children were riding in the car, which crashed into a gray Mitsubishi SUV with four adult passengers.
The suspect continued driving until he crashed into a concrete wall and fled the vehicle on foot. The victims injured in the accident were rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. As of late Sunday night, the crash remained under investigation and police are still searching for the suspect.
Family Of Fatal Hit-And-Run Victim Offers Reward
The family of a Brooklyn EMT who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in September has offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of the driver.
Kevin Liang was riding his motorcycle on the Kosciuszko Bridge at around 8 p.m. on September 20th, when a car changing lanes hit him, causing him to crash. The driver fled the scene and left Liang to die. The NYPD is currently looking for a black sedan that may have been involved in the crash.
In the weeks following the accident, police have been unable to arrest a suspect. Liang’s family hopes the offer of a reward will encourage a witness to come forward with information that could lead to an arrest of the guilty party.