Hit-and-run critically injures elderly pedestrian in Bay Ridge

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A scofflaw driver critically injured a pedestrian in Bay Ridge on Monday night before fleeing the scene just after 8 pm, according to the NYPD.

The 72-year-old victim was crossing Bay Ridge Parkway at the intersection of Sixth Avenue when the car — believed to be a light-colored Mercedes Benz — made a left turn onto Bay Ridge Parkway at a green traffic light and smashed into the elderly man, according to the NYPD Highway’s District Collision Investigation Squad.  

Police arrived at the scene to find the victim lying on the road, and paramedics rushed him to NYU Langone-Brooklyn, where he currently remains in critical condition with head trauma. 

Bay Ridge’s community board head said that intersection — where no one has died in a traffic-related incident since the city began keeping track in 2009 — is not known as particularly hazardous, but said the crash seems like a textbook left-hand turn issue that should be further addressed.

“The only complaints we have had in the past was truck traffic,” said Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann. “That is very common when you hear these terrible left turn accidents, it’s just like a typical one. I’m so sorry to hear it.”

Police have not yet made any arrests for the hit-and-run, and the investigation continues, cops said. 

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