Delivery man run down on Gerritsen Avenue • Brooklyn Paper

Delivery man run down on Gerritsen Avenue

Paul Griffin, 41, sits handcuffed in an NYPD squad car after allegedly hitting and killing 14-year-old Davonte Jeffers in a horrific hit-and-run in Flatlands on Jan. 4.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

A wayward motorist killed a 49-year-old Chinese food delivery man on Thursday night following a hit-and-run on Gerritsen Avenue — the second fatal crash to take place in southern Brooklyn in the last two days.

The victim, who was not identified by midnight, was nearing Avenue V on his moped at 8:30 pm when a passing car slammed into his vehicle.

Horrified witnesses said the motorist never stopped, dragging the victim — who worked for a local Chinese restaurant — for an entire block before speeding off.

No arrests had been made by Thursday night, although investigators took an 18-year-old woman found nearby into custody for questioning, police sources said.

Thursday’s accident was the second hit-and-run to take place in the area this week.

On Wednesday, police in Flatlands arrested a motorist they say barreled into a 14-year-old boy on Flatlands Avenue — striking the teen down just paces from his home.

Paul Griffin, 41, allegedly slammed his red Ford Ecoline van into Davonte Jeffers as the teen crossed between E. 54th and E. 55th streets at 7:30 pm, cops said. Jeffers, who lived around the corner on E. 54th Street, was heading to a local store on an errand for his mother, his friends told reporters.

Paramedics rushed Jeffers to Kings County Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Residents who witnessed the carnage were horrified by what they saw.

“The kid was crossing from the middle of the street [when he was hit],” one neighbor told ABC news. “[Afterwards], he wasn’t saying nothing. He didn’t breathe at all. It was bad.”

Griffin, a resident of Canarsie, sped off after hitting Jeffers, but cops found him in his van on Avenue I near E. 55th Street — about a block away — a short time later, charging him with leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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