Hit-and-run driver critically injures elderly Bensonhurster

Hit-and-run driver critically injures elderly Bensonhurster
Photo by Paul Martinka

A hit-and-run driver critically injured a 70-year-old Bensonhurst man riding a motorized scooter at 85th Street and 25th Avenue around 3 pm on March 2.

The scum bag sped off and nearly hit a teen at the intersection of Stillwell Avenue.

“I had to jump out of the way, because he almost hit me — he was speeding off from the accident,” said a witness who was walking home from John Dewey High School. “As soon as I saw the man he hit, I ran over to him.”

The driver was traveling on 25th Avenue towards 84th Street when he turned right onto 85th Street and struck the victim, who was crossing 85th Street toward 84th Street. He stopped mid-block following the collision and got out of his white Jeep Grand Cherokee, but once he saw what he did, he hopped back in his car and sped off, police said.

Emergency responders rushed the victim to Lutheran Medical Center, and police said he was likely to die from his injuries.

Photos from the scene show the impact tore the rear axel and motor clear off the man’s red scooter.

The girl described the driver as a stubby-bearded man in his 30s. He was driving a late-model white Jeep Grand Cherokee with yellow New York State license plates, police said. The vehicle may have damage to the passenger side fender and bumper, officials said.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlync[email protected]local.com.

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