MANHATTAN, NY – Police are searching for the driver of a dark-colored Jeep Grand Cherokee that struck and critically injured a man in Harlem early Monday morning, 1010 WINS reports.
Police say that the unidentified 57-year-old man was attempting to cross in the middle of the block at 319 Malcolm X Boulevard shortly after midnight on Memorial Day when he was struck by the vehicle, which fled the scene without stopping to render assistance or contact authorities. The incident occurred between 125th and 126th Street.
Emergency responders rushed the victim to nearby Harlem Hospital, where he remained in critical condition as of press time.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
Pedestrians and Right of Way
Section 1151 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws gives pedestrians the right of way over vehicles at crosswalks or in the absence of traffic signals, and where drivers must pass through a pedestrian-designated area in order to access a driveway or parking lot. However, Section 1152 assigns right of way to vehicles in any roadway that is not specifically designated as a crosswalk. A hit and run incident presents a complicating factor to such an incident, however, as motorists are required to stop and render aid if they hit a pedestrian.
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