2011-05-27 / Front Page

Hit And Run Horror

By Howard Schwach

Detectives from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park have arrested a Brooklyn man in connection with the hit and run accident involving a Rockaway teen last weekend, an incident that left the teen with critical injuries to his head and torso.

Court papers supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identify the driver of the hit and run car as Emiliano Chamorro, 23, of 44 Avenue O in Brooklyn.

Chamorro was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on May 23 on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving and speeding in a school zone.

According to the papers, Chamorro was driving his red SUV, speeding westbound on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 139 Street at about 7:40 p.m. on May 21 when he struck local resident Nicholas Caizzo, 13, with the front end of his motor vehicle, “knocking the victim into the air and then causing him to strike the pavement.”

Police sources say that Chamorro was driving in excess of 40 miles an hour in a 30-mile-an-hour zone at the time of the accident. Following behind the SUV was Jim Crehan. Crehan saw the GMC Envoy strike the teen and continue on without stopping. He told police that he saw the damaged front of Chamorro’s car, with the headlight damaged and dangling down.

He followed the accident vehicle over the Marine Parkway Bridge into Brooklyn and onto the Belt Parkway.

Local sources say that Crehan notified police, who pulled the accident car over and arrested Chamorro.

The police also pulled over a white Lexus SUV that seemed to be driving in concert with Chamorro.

Court documents say that the driver of the Lexus was Angel Chamorro, a relative of the arrested driver. Both vehicles had North Carolina plates, police say.

Ciazzo was transported to the trauma center at the Kings County Hospital Center with multiple skull fractures, bleeding in the brain and extensive bruising.

At press time, Chamorro remains in jail on $25,000 bail for his next hearing, which was set for May 23.

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