THE BRONX — A 26-year-old man was struck by a truck and killed in an apparent hit-and-run accident in Wakefield early Tuesday, officials said.
Jermaine Elliot was struck at the intersection of East 233rd Street and Barnes Avenue at 4:43 a.m., NYPD and FDNY officials said. Elliot was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, where he died, officials said.
Elliot's mother Marva Parker implored the driver to admit to the crime.
"He's a coward, for him to hit my kid and keep going," Parker, 49, said. "Turn yourself in. What you did was wrong."
Elliot was hit by the vehicle around the corner from his home on 846 E. 232nd St. between Bronxwood and Bussing avenues.
While Elliot attempted to cross East 233rd Street, a white box truck making a left turn onto the block smacked into him and fled before help arrived, police said.
A relative of Elliot's, June Miller, also wanted to see the driver face justice.
"The driver should go to prison. The guy is wicked," Miller said.
"I feel for [Elliot] this morning," Miller added. "It could've been my son. It could've been my grandchildren."
Friends and relatives said they spent their final night with Elliot Monday celebrating his sister Stephanie Singh's birthday.
"We was all on the block chilling last night," said Keith Black, 47, Elliot's close friend. "We was playing music, laughing, joking. Everything was regular."
An investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made, police said.