Teen skateboarder dead after Brooklyn hit-and-run; SUV located

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GRAVESEND, Brooklyn — A teenage skateboarder is dead and the vehicle suspected of being involved located unoccupied after a hit-and-run in Brooklyn, police said Monday.

Alejandro Tello, 18, was killed in a hit-and-run in Gravesend on July 23, 2017. (Father, Benjamin Tello)

Alejandro Tello, 18, has been identified by police as the man killed in the Sunday afternoon hit-and-run. Police initially reversed the order of the victim's name when identifying him.

The teen was riding a skateboard home from work, at the Coney Island boardwalk, when he was struck, according to his father, Benjamin Tello.

"He was a gorgeous kid," the father said.

Alejandro Tello was traveling on Avenue T when he was struck by an SUV turning southbound on West 10th Street from Avenue T, police said. The driver then fled.

After initially striking the teen, the driver continued to mow down Tello, running him over with the vehicle's back tires, Benjamin Tello said.

"I don't know what went through his mind. ... That he didn't stop at least," the father said.

There is a traffic light at the intersection, and officials on Sunday said the teen was in the crosswalk at the time of the crash. It is not known if the SUV driver turned on a red light, but police say he or she should have stopped regardless.

Police say they responded to a 911 call about a crash around 3:10 p.m. and located Alejandro Tello unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The white BMW SUV suspected of being involved has since been located in the area on Bay 14th Street, police said.

It was not occupied and the driver is still sought.

Alejandro Tello was a high school student, and began working at the Coney Island boardwalk when classes ended, his father said.

The teen loved photography, was polite and known as a giving person.

Tello had three siblings, and recently told his father he planned on using his next paycheck to buy his younger brother drums.

"Why don't you get something for yourself?" Benjamin Tello said he asked his son, who responded, "'No, I want him to have something from me.' ... I don't know, it was like he knows something's going to happen."

When asked how he felt about the driver who killed his son, Benjamin Tello said he was not angry.

"I wish the best for them, the driver. I know, probably, he has family, too. I hope he never lose his loved once the way I just lost mine," he said.

Neighbors say speeding cars on Avenue T have been a longtime problem.

"As the years went by and people got hurt, they put in more lights," Harry Hammerstone said. "I have no idea what else they can do, maybe cameras?"

Another Gravesend resident was the victim of an unsolved hit-and-run in 1994. He still has injuries to his leg and he feels for this victim.

"I pray to god, he's all right and they find the driver," Joe Passantino said.

Last year, 38 deadly hit-and-runs occurred in the city, with only 13 arrests made, according to police.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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