WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN, NY – Police are searching for a driver who left the scene after a crash that killed a private sanitation worker in Brooklyn over the weekend, the Daily News reports.
The victim was identified as 52-year-old Angel Aguilar-Duran, an employee of Cogent Waste Solutions. Police said he was struck by a Honda Odyssey minivan in the area of Havemeyer Street and Hope Street in the Williamsburg section Saturday at about 8 a.m. Investigators said he was helping a co-worker move their garbage truck at the time he was hit. Aguilar-Duran was pinned underneath the minivan and dragged about 50 feet. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he passed away on Sunday.
Before being transported, the victim told police the minivan driver had swerved around a vehicle to pass the sanitation truck and then hit him.
Witnesses said the minivan driver pulled out their keys after the crash and walked away with her passenger, leaving the vehicle behind. They have yet to be located by police.
A spokesman for Cogent Waste Solutions expressed the company’s grief over the tragedy, and was quoted as saying, “Angel was beloved by all who were fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend time with him.” The spokesman added that a reward would be offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.
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