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Pedestrian critically injured by hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn

2019-09-23

A pedestrian was left clinging to life after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn early Sunday, cops said.

The 47-year-old victim was crossing through the intersection of S. Conduit Blvd. and Crescent St. in East New York when he was hit by a black Nissan around 3:20 a.m., police and witnesses said. The force of the impact knocked him about 20 feet down the roadway.

“The man was crossing the road and the car came and hit him,” said witness Anjum Joseph, 48, a manager of a nearby deli. “The man was lying face down. The taxi drivers, they went to him, and they called 911.”

The driver sped off west on the the boulevard and has not been caught. The victim was taken to Brookdale University Hospital in critical condition. His name was not released. cops said.

Joseph said the intersection has always been dangerous.

“A lot of people, the subway is over there, they cross the street here,” he said. “The city government should put something there. The light is no good. Put a bump, something.”

At the scene on Sunday, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), who chairs the City Council’s transportation committee, called on lawmakers to stiffen penalties against hit-and-run drivers.

“We need to take this case as the last one,” he said, speaking at the scene of the crash. “There’s a lack of tools from the state level to the (District Attorney). There’s a lack of resources to investigate and prosecute all those criminal drivers that leave the scene after they hit someone.”