2004-08-27 / Community

Cops Seek Hit-and-Run Car Passenger

By Brian Magoolaghan

Police want to talk with the other people who they think were in this red 1994 Acura when the driver struck a woman and her children in Breezy Point on August 4. 
Police want to talk with the other people who they think were in this red 1994 Acura when the driver struck a woman and her children in Breezy Point on August 4.

  • Police need the public’s help to find a passenger who they think was in a Manhattan man’s car earlier this month when he allegedly ran a light in Breezy Point, struck a woman and her daughters and kept going.
  • Michael T. O’Brien, 21, of 524 East 20 Street, Manhattan, was arrested on Wednesday, August 4, shortly after the hit-and-run at the intersection of Rockaway Point Boulevard and Bedford Avenue, according to court records.

    O’Brien was driving a red 1994 Acura when he struck Colleen Britton and her daughters, Sonain and Cailin Kless at about 10:30 p.m. Britton and her daughters were taken to Jamaica Hospital. Cailin suffered abdominal trauma and internal bleeding among other injuries, Sionain received cuts and bruises on her legs and Britton’s foot was fractured in the incident.

    An eyewitness said O’Brien didn’t stop or slow down after he hit the three victims.

    Officers apprehended O’Brien just a few blocks from the scene and now think there was a passenger, in the Acura at the time of the accident, who could be a key witness if the case goes to trial. Police have asked that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

    According to court records, O’Brien told officers that he was speeding to catch a yellow light and admitted he knew he hit something but continued driving.

    O’Brien, who could not be reached for comment, could serve up to 25 years in prison if he’s convicted. He is charged with seven counts of reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, which is a felony, reckless driving, running a red light and speeding.

    He was due back in Queens Criminal Court this week.

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