2011-12-23 / Top Stories

Beach Channel Hit And Run Suspect Released

Arrest Made, DA Declines To Prosecute
By Howard Schwach

The identification of the car that hit Broad Channel resident Matthew Randall on October 14 and then sped over the Cross Bay Bridge to Rockaway was made by a grainy toll booth videotape last week, but the driver’s face was blocked by the angle of the shot and the fact that the windshield of the car was shattered, allowing the driver of the hit and run car to remain free, sources said early this week.

Broad Channel resident Michael Deery had been arrested on December 15 by detectives for leaving the scene of an accident. Prosecutors at the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown reportedly declined to prosecute, however, because of the grainy taped evidence and the fact that the face of the driver was not readily identifiable.

The windshield of the car was allegedly cracked when it was struck by Randall, sources say. They add that the bridge video shows the red Hyundai Sonata with damage to the front end and the windshield passing through the toll on the way to Rockaway shortly after the accident.

The driver could not be seen clearly, however.

Randall, 18, does not remember much about the night he was struck by a hitand run motorist driving a red Hyundai Sonata as Randall crossed Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel.

All the Broad Channel teen remembers is that he was crossing the boulevard at about 9 p.m. on October 14 and that he was smoking a cigarette.

“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.

An ambulance from the Broad Channel Volunteers transported Randall to the Trauma Center at Jamaica Hospital.

He was treated and held for three days before he was released.

Lisa Randall, the victim’s mother, said that the cops could identify the car as the accident vehicle, but not the driver.

“It was hard to see his face through the cracked windshield,” she said, “so he walks free and there is no justice for Matthew.”

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