Police are looking for three people in connection with a Brooklyn hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian and left two others injured on Sunday. Police say at least two people were riding in a stolen Toyota 4Runner when its driver crashed into a sedan in Canarsie that afternoon, then veered into two pedestrians and a wall. They fled the scene on foot, according to police.
The crash claimed the life of Chooi Tan, 51, and injured a man who reports identified as her husband, 57. The two were standing on the corner of East 94th Street and Avenue K when the driver hit them, four blocks from their home on Avenue M. The 20-year-old driver of the sedan was hospitalized along with Tan's husband.
The Toyota SUV was reported stolen on Friday in the police precinct covering Flatbush and East Flatbush, police said. Initially, the NYPD and witnesses said that there was just one passenger in the stolen vehicle.
“That car was stolen out of the 67th Precinct on Friday night," NYPD Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce told reporters yesterday. "The keys were left in the ignition, someone had ducked inside a grocery store there in or around Avenue D and the car was taken at that point."
The suspects are described as 15 to 20 years old and slim. One was last seen wearing a dark jacket with an American flag pattern on the shoulders, a dark hoodie, blue-and-white track pants, and dark sneakers. Another was wearing a dark hoodie, a blue T-shirt, brown pants, and black sneakers, and carrying a dark jacket. The third was wearing a dark hoodie, a red shirt, black sweatpants, and black sneakers.
Police ask people with information about the crash or suspects to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 577-8477, or for Spanish, (888)-577-4782. People can also submit tips online here or by texting them to 274637 and entering "TIP577."