A 23-year-old driver has turned himself over to police days after he hit a woman and her dog in a Washington Heights crosswalk then allegedly sped away from the scene, leaving the woman in critical condition.
Police said Wednesday that Edward Heredia, a Washington Heights resident, was arrested just after midnight on a slew of charges, including leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield to a pedestrian, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to exercise due care. He also received a charge for not having a valid license.
Surveillance footage captured on Friday evening appears to show Heredia making a left turn in his Chrysler 300M luxury sedan as the victim crossed St. Nicholas Avenue with her dog. The driver then ran over the woman, according to the NYPD, and quickly sped away in the direction of 157th Street.
Witnesses told the Daily News the driver did not stop after striking the woman, who the tabloid identified as 42-year-old Renee Edwards. "I pray she pulls through and she makes it and everything works out all right, the way it should be,” Edwards's mother said following the accident.
Edwards's son Phillips, 16, did not see the collision, but told the tabloid that he heard sirens in the neighborhood.
"Next thing I know, a friend of ours comes up crying to me and tells me, ‘Your mother got hit,’” he recalled. "Immediately my heart dropped. I saw my grandmother speaking with police ... and my world shattered."
Edwards remains in critical condition at St. Luke’s Hospital, police said Wednesday.