A Man Was Killed In A Hit-And-Run Accident On His Way To His Family Business. Driver Is Still At Large.
New York is like many states in that there are laws stating that a driver must stop following an accident. The penalties for leaving the scene can range from a traffic citation in cases where there is just property damage to misdemeanor or felony charges and prison time if someone is seriously injured or killed. In the case where an injury is involved, the charge is a Class B misdemeanor if there are minor to moderate injuries. If the driver has a previous hit-and-run charge, it can be upgraded to a Class A misdemeanor. If there are serious injuries, the charge can be a Class E felony.
CBS Local New York reports that a pedestrian has died after a hit-and-run accident in Brooklyn.
The accident happened on Sunday morning as 26-year-old Jose Contla was crossing 19th Avenue in Bensonhurst. A home surveillance camera captured a dark-colored sedan a split second after the collision. The sedan sped away.
The force of the impact would have left significant front-end damage to the vehicle.
Contla had been working as a baker at the family business on 86th Street. His brother was supposed to meet him at the bakery, but when he arrived, he was met with the police and crime scene tape.
A man whose surveillance cameras caught the fleeing vehicle said that speeding is common on 19th Avenue.
Contla was born and raised in Brooklyn and spent most of his life in the Sunset Park neighborhood.
NYPD Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the hit-and-run driver.