SUNSET PARK, NY – According to Abc7ny.com, a man was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn at about 1 in the morning on Monday, January 14, 2019. The victim was left on the street in critical condition.
The incident occurred at Third Avenue and 51st Street.
The victim was identified as Fernando Trejo, 27. Trejo was transported to the NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn for treatment. Reports indicate that Trejo is expected to survive.
Investigators are seeking surveillance videos from the area in hopes of finding footage of the accident and of the vehicle involved. Trejo’s family is looking for answers and hoping that the driver is arrested. Erick Trejo, the victim’s brother, said that the family needs justice for what happened.
Investigators have posted a sign at the location of the incident in hopes that someone will remember seeing something and come forward with information.
The victim is the father of four children. Trejo has undergone one surgical procedure and could require more. Trejo’s brother says that the victim can hear his family but is not yet able to speak.
The NYPD is asking that anyone who has any information about the event contact the police department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline.
While New York City has been focused on reducing traffic-related injuries and deaths, the city has not been able to curb the number of hit-and-run crashes. Unfortunately, many drivers who strike pedestrians and then flee the scene are never apprehended or brought to justice. The overall number of hit-and-run drivers who are ever caught is about 1 percent. Most of these crashes involve property damage and no injuries, but the arrest rate even in the most serious crashes is low.
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