Senior killed by hit-and-run driver in Sheepshead Bay

Senior killed by hit-and-run driver in Sheepshead Bay
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Cops are hunting for the hit-and-run driver who killed an oldster after smashing into him on E. 28th Street in Sheepshead Bay on Saturday.

The motorist behind the wheel of a Toyota van fatally struck 65-year-old Iosif Morgenshteyn as the victim changed his car’s front driver’s side tire on E. 28th Street near Shore Parkway just before 6:30 pm, and then drove away, according to a Police Department spokeswoman.

Officers from the 61st Precinct then rushed to the scene with paramedics, who brought Morgenshteyn, a Staten Islander, to Coney Island Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, authorities said.

Police later found the white 2014 Toyota Sienna with Pennsylvania plates unoccupied near Emmons Avenue and Bragg Street and took it into custody, according to the spokeswoman, who said authorities are also searching for passengers who were inside the vehicle at the time of the deadly crash as part of the ongoing investigation.

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