BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, NY – A dirt bike rider was struck and critically injured early Thursday morning by the driver of an SUV who then fled the scene, the Daily News reports.
The accident occurred at an intersection in the Weeksville neighborhood at about 2:30 a.m. According to police, the dirt biker went through a stop sign while heading west on Prospect Place and crashed into a Kia Soul that was traveling on Thomas S. Boyland Street.
After hitting the victim, the driver of the Kia continued on and slammed into a parked Nissan Altima that was not occupied at the time, the NYPD said. The driver of the vehicle then left the area on foot along with a passenger, leaving the Kia abandoned.
David Reynolds, who witnessed the collision, described the scene to the Daily News and said the SUV was apparently too damaged to effect the driver’s escape. “From where his car stopped, it looked like he wanted to reverse it and drive away but it couldn’t go. It was totaled,” Reynolds was quoted as saying.
The dirt biker was transported to Brookdale Hospital and was listed in critical condition. His identity has not yet been released. Police said the kind of helmet he was wearing was insufficient as a safety device and did not meet the approval of the city’s Department of Transportation.
One witness said the intersection is frequently the scene of accidents because of drivers not seeing the stop sign.
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