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SEE IT: Beloved Bronx dad struck by hit-and-run driver, left clinging to life

2019-09-03

Bronx dad struck by hit-and-run driver, left clinging to life

A Bronx father was clinging to life after being struck crossing the street in a terrifying hit-and-run crash caught on camera.

Christopher Andino, 32, suffered massive head trauma Sunday afternoon when he was struck crossing Clay Ave. mid-block near E. 170th St. in Claremont. The driver fled the scene.

“It’s devastating,” said neighbor Marisol Del Castillo, 49. “If he hears about something going on, he helps people.”

Neighbor Wilfredo Colon ran to the crash scene after hearing it from his apartment window. Andino’s wife soon followed.

“I went to grab her kids from her because she has an older son and I didn’t want him to see that stuff,” said Colon, 39.

Andino’s wife rode with her husband in the ambulance to St. Barnabas, where he was in critical condition Monday.

Shocking surveillance video shows Andino and a pal crossing the street about 4:30 p.m. Andino appears to be trying to hail a cab when he looks away for a second as a speeding black Audi barrels into him before he has time to react.

The impact sends Andino flying off his feet into the windshield and somersaulting over the car. He lands on the street and does not move.

Andino, a home health aide, lives with his wife and two kids, a 4-year-old boy and a daughter who just turned 1, said Del Castillo.

Residents in the area described Andino as a generous neighbor.

“Anytime my son needs something, he’s right there,” said Colon. “He’s a super good dude, super. He never says no if he can help you.”

Andino sometimes intervenes when neighbors outside get rowdy, said Del Castillo. “He helps out with other people’s stupidity,” she said.

A crowd gathered on the street after Andino was hit.

“The whole neighborhood was outside,” Colon said, shaking his head. “That’s because he’s always helping people.”

No arrests have been made.