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Elderly Man Killed in Hit-and-Run Near Columbia

By  Jesse Lent and Tom Liddy | September 29, 2012 10:45am | Updated on September 29, 2012 1:03pm

MANHATTAN — An elderly man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver near Columbia University late Friday night, police said.

Arnold Slater, 75, was crossing Broadway at West 114th Street just before midnight when a black Honda Civic plowed into him, according to cops.

The car, which was traveling north on Broadway, fled before police arrived. No further information about the vehicle was immediately available.

Slater, of Greenwich Village, was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital where he died.

No arrests have been made.

Robert von Gutfeld, 78, a research scientist at Columbia, said the intersection is dangerous.

"When you're crossing that intersection, you have the right of way and the drivers don't look to see you crossing," he said.

"Very often they almost hit me. I curse at them, I scream at them but I see it getting worse."