Cops ID Broad Channel Hit And Run Driver
Despite the fact that neither the teen who was struck by a hit and run driver crossing Cross Bay Boulevard on October 14 nor his friend who was an eyewitness to the crime could identify the driver of the red car in a show-up at the precinct last week, sources close to the case now tell The Wave that a Cross Bay Bridge toll video shows the driver and the damaged car, providing enough evidence to arrest the man.
The identify of the man, who had originally come to the 100 Precinct with his attorney ten days after the accident inquiring into the hit-and-run investigation, is being withheld by police until his arrest sometime over the weekend or early next week.
Sources say that the bridge video shows the red Hyundai Sonata with damage to the front end passing through the toll on the way to Rockaway shortly after the accident.
Matthew Randall, 18, does not remember much about the night he was struck by the hit-and-run motorist driving a red Hyundai Sonata as Randall crossed Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel.
“I didn’t even see the car coming, it just hit me on my right side and threw me up onto the hood of the car and then off and onto the street,” he says. “I remember lying on my back on the street and seeing the man, who looked like he was 40 or 50 years old, get out of the red car. I remember asking him to call 911. That’s all I remember until I was in the volies’ ambulance.” Randall says that the man might have said something to him, but he can’t remember what it was.
He thinks that the man, who was driving in the southbound lane when he was hit, kept on going towards Rockaway.
“I can’t believe that he just looked at me, bleeding on the street, and then got into his car and drove away without calling for help,” Randall adds.
Randall received 40 stitches to close the lacerations on his head, suffered a fractured tibia, a detached muscle and numerous others bodily assaults.
Another Broad Channel resident, whose name is being withheld by The Wave because he fears retribution for speaking out, saw the accident and called 911.
He told responding police about the red Hyundai. He was unable to get the car’s license plate number, however.
Lisa Randall, the victim’s mother, apologized to the 100 Precinct for taking them to task for believing that they were not actively pursuing the investigation.
“I was very frustrated as a mom,” she said. “I do want to thank the detectives for bringing this to an end.”