BROOKLYN — A livery cab driver has been charged with mowing down a 58-year-old grandmother waiting for a bus in East Williamsburg early Sunday, authorities said.
Maximo Espinal, 20, was allegedly trying to pass a vehicle on Montrose Avenue near Graham Avenue about 5:20 a.m. when his 2004 Crown Victoria jumped the curb and plowed into Deborah Munize as she waited for the B60 bus, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney's criminal complaint.
Espinal reversed the car and drove off without checking on Munize, prosecutors said.
Munize, who suffered leg injuries, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, police said.
Espinal later slammed into parked vehicles and blew through red lights, prosecutors said.
The reckless driving finally came to an end when he crashed into a parked car a few blocks away at 304 Graham Avenue, police sources said. He exchanged insurance information with the owner of that car, and left the scene.
Cops later arrested Espinal, who told authorities that he "panicked" after hitting Munize, according to the criminal complaint.
Espinal was arraigned Sunday on charges of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it where serious physical injury or death results, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, fourth-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving. His bail was set at $25,000.
Espinal is scheduled to appear in court again on Friday.