BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The man who police ultimately charged as a careless driver, lied to the badly injured pedestrian and then to the police after he ran the man over, according to New York Daily News. Instead of telling the critically injured man and the police the truth, he allegedly lied and said he was a witness. The family of the man who passed away is incredulous to think that the driver who ran their loved one over lied to the police and their family member. The man’s family also had a hard time accepting the ruling of the judge who presided over the driver’s arraignment in court. The investigators from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and the New York Police Department continue to investigate the incident.
Family members of the man who was run over in Brooklyn while in the crosswalk at around 5:40 p.m. relayed that they saw police reports that describe how the 57-year-old driver called 911 and told the call taker that a black car ran over the pedestrian. The man who called for help then went over to the badly injured pedestrian and said the same thing.
Police say that the 57-year-old driver of a white van ran down the pedestrian as the older gentlemen were crossing Maujer Street while in the crosswalk. Officers said that the van driver made a left turn and struck the pedestrian. The impact mangled the pedestrian’s legs, and the van driver tried to pass himself off as a witness while talking to the man he hit. The critically injured pedestrian survived until the next day when he died at Woodhull Hospital.
The man who died lived in the Williamsburg Houses, which are not too far from the accident scene. The man police charged once lived in those buildings and now tries to pick up odd jobs from his van while parked in front of the homes.
The family of the man who died could not believe the van driver lied to their dying father, especially since a surveillance video shows exactly what happened. Authorities say that the man ultimately confessed. The judge at his arraignment set bail at $5,000.00 and revoked the man’s driver’s license. Family members of the man who died thought the bail was too low. The pedestrian killed in the accident would have been 83 at the end of March.
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