2005-09-16 / Front Page

Someone Knows Something Girl, 17, Killed In Hit-And-Run

Tamika Regan, 17, was killed by a hit-and-run driver at the intersection of Beach 17 Street and Seagirt Boulevard at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 8.Tamika Regan, 17, was killed by a hit-and-run driver at the intersection of Beach 17 Street and Seagirt Boulevard at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 8. A heartless hit-and-run driver last week left a 17-year-old Far Rockaway girl unconscious and dying at the intersection of Beach 17 Street and Seagirt Boulevard, police said.

And someone – besides the driver – could hold the key to solving the mystery.

Tamika Regan, 17, was mowed down at about 9 p.m. Thursday, September 8, police said.

Officers found her lying on the ground unconscious at about 9:10 p.m. Regan was transported to the emergency room at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival.

Published reports said Regan, a Far Rockaway High School senior who lived at 249 Beach 15 Street, was on her way home from a friend’s house when she was struck by a motor vehicle. She had just begun classes that day and was hoping to eventually attend law school, according to reports.

Her death left family and friends grieving her sudden loss.

A police investigation led by investigators from the NYPD’s Highway Unit is underway, but sources said there have been no significant developments.

But hit-and-runs, especially those involving fatalities, are not easy to hide. Often, a piece of the car is found at the scene allowing police to narrow the search to a particluar vehicle type and or color. Or it could be an alert neighbor of the driver who notices a cracked windshield or side-view mirror.

Sometimes the driver is overcome with guilt and turns him/herself in.

A recent case on Long Island, in which a migrant farm worker was killed, came to light when a body shop owner - with a bit of detective in him - called police after a vehicle with front-end and windshield damage came into his shop. He had just read the story about a deadly hit-and-run that was in that morning’s newspapers.

Then, of course, there are the people on the street. Beach 17 Street and Seagirt Boulevard is certainly no stranger to both pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Perhaps there was no witness to the hit-and-run itself, but someone may have seen a car that was traveling at a high rate of speed in the vicinity of the accident.

Police declined to say what kind of leads they were following, but anyone with information can contact the 101 Precinct Detective Unit at (718) 868-3248 or (800) 577-TIPS.

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