Woman Struck and Critically Injured in Crown Heights Hit-and-Run, FDNY Say

By Ben Fractenberg and Sonja Sharp  on December 19, 2013 2:43pm  | Updated on December 19, 2013 4:12pm

 A woman was struck and critically injured on Utica Avenue near Eastern Parkway Thursday afternoon in Crown Heights.
A woman was struck and critically injured on Utica Avenue near Eastern Parkway Thursday afternoon in Crown Heights.
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CROWN HEIGHTS — A woman was struck and critically injured by a hit-and-run driver with New Jersey plates while crossing Eastern Parkway Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The unidentified 65-year-old woman was crossing near Utica Avenue about 11:30 a.m. when a white Nissan Murano heading westbound hit her just past the intersection, police and the FDNY said. The driver fled southbound on Schenectady Avenue, police said.

The woman was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition.

"I saw the woman on the floor, she was bleeding from her mouth," Moe Kariem, 36, who runs a food stand near the crash site, said. He said the woman was left laying on her stomach after the crash.

"When they turned her over she wasn't responding," he said. "They gave her CPR. She wasn't breathing. I wanted to cry, especially because it's the holidays."

Kariem said that the scene was so emotionally fraught that some people in the crowd that gathered broke down in tears.

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