WAKEFIELD, The Bronx — Police are searching for the driver who fatally struck a 72-year-old man in the Bronx and kept driving.
The incident happened Thursday morning around 10:30 a.m.
A man behind the wheel of a black Ford Fusion was turning left from Nereid Avenue onto Richardson Avenue and struck the man, who was in the crosswalk crossing legally. The victim was conscious, but injured, after being hit.
"He said, '"Did you see that? The light was green,'" said eyewitness Jack Kelly. Kelly had rushed to the man's aid right after the crime.
The car backed up back onto Nereid Avenue, according to witnesses, and sped off.
Meanwhile, the victim complained of chest pains and other internal injuries, said Michael Garcia, another eyewitness.
Detectives remained on the scene well past nightfall, looking for surveillance video, more witnesses and any more evidence that might help them track down the hit and run driver.
The victim was still conscious when medics rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center, but his injuries led to his death.
The man's name has not yet been released by the NYPD, until his family is notified.