[UPDATE BELOW: An arrest has been made] One pedestrian is dead and another is in critical condition after being struck by a car early this morning in Williamsburg. According to police and FDNY spokesmen, a 2004 Chevy Malibu traveling eastbound on Borinquen Place struck a 35-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman as they crossed the street in front of 180 Borinquen at around 5 a.m. The victims landed in the westbound lane, where they were struck by and pinned under a Kia sedan.
The unidentified male victim was pronounced DOA, while the woman was transported to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. The driver of the Kia remained on the scene, while the driver of the Malibu left the car on Union Street and fled on foot. No arrests have been made, and the identities of the victims are being withheld pending family notification. The Daily News is reporting that witnesses saw the driver of the Malibu attempting to pass another car in a no-passing zone.
You may recall that in January, 57-year-old Lepoldo Hernandez was struck and killed by two drivers on Borinquen a little more than a block away from the scene of today's incident.
[UPDATE // 4:10 PM] Police have arrested the man they believe to be the driver who hit both pedestrians and fled the scene, 27-year-old Adam Recio. Recio is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury.
The police have also released the name of the victim who was killed, 35-year-old Raul De La Cruz. The Times spoke with a friend of De La Cruz's, whose brother was killed in the incident in January. “It’s horrible, and it keeps happening,” Maria Batista said. A co-worker of De La Cruz's, Alfred Bueno, added “He was a perfect, great character."
De La Cruz has two daughters, one of whom turned eight today, and he had planned to take her to Chuck E. Cheese this weekend to celebrate.