NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – A Brooklyn school worker is in hospital after being struck by a vehicle that then sped away.
The police are now asking for your help in locating the driver.
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As CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reports, the hit-and-run was caught on camera. Surveillance video shows a dark-colored Nissan 4-door sedan speeding up after a person is struck near the corner of Union Street and Classon Avenue in Crown Heights.
The victim was identified by neighbors as Dorothy Gargano, 67.
âI pray to God that she is fine, that everything is fine, that she is normal. That she will become Dorothy again as before, âsaid neighbor Marie Mazzei.
Police said the accident happened on December 7 at around 12:30 p.m. Gargano was taken to hospital in critical condition, where she still remains.
Mazzei says Gargano, her husband and son have lived on her street for years. She says Gargano’s husband Al came to tell her the news on Friday morning.
âHe says Dorothy is in the hospital. She had an accident. I said “Accident? “Someone hit her with a car and she’s in bad shape,” Mazzei said.
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Mazzei says Gargano worked in a school office in Crown Heights. She describes Gargano as a loving person who has always been there for her, especially when she herself was ill.
âHe’s a very nice person. She helped me a lot, âsaid Mazzei. “She took care of me … Anything I need, I’ll call her [Garganoâs husband], he will come and help me.
Mazzei says Gargano’s husband told her she suffered a head injury and broken bones. The neighbors are now praying for his recovery. They also want the responsible person to surrender.
âIt shouldn’t be done that way. They should have stopped. As usual, âsaid one person.
Police said the suspicious vehicle headed east on Union Street after the collision.
Anyone with information is urged to call the New York Police Crime Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57- PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip through their website or through DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.
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Kiran Dhillon contributed to this report.