2003-01-23 / Front Page

DEADLY HIT & RUN DRIVER ARRESTED

By Charles Rogers

DEADLY HIT & RUN DRIVER ARRESTED

By Charles Rogers

Police from the NYPD’s Accident Investigation Squad, together with detectives from the 69th Precinct, last Saturday tracked down one of two drivers allegedly responsible for the hit-run killing of a 79-year-old Canarsie man on Remsen Avenue near Glenwood Road the previous day.

Ivan Smith, 43, of Cumberland Place, Brooklyn, was arrested Saturday after police traced a license plate to his home in Fort Greene. Smith was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Detective Mindy Diaz said police are still looking for the second driver, who also fled the scene of the accident.

Diaz said the victim, whose name was not released, was struck by two cars at 8:41 p.m. on January 17th. Reports indicated he was walking east to west across Remsen when, witnesses said, he was struck by one vehicle traveling south, which knocked him in front of another car, also headed south. The second car swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting the man and struck a parked car. The report noted the second car dragged the victim for a short distance before fleeing in an unknown direction.

"Smith was traced after investigating officers found his license plate at the scene," Diaz said. "They saw his car parked at East 94th Street and Avenue L early Saturday and then they were contacted by his lawyer and he surrendered." Police ask that anyone who might have seen the accident or can give them any information on the first car to contact them at 257-6215 or 377-1444. All calls will be kept confidential.

Another traffic fatality in the Canarsie area occurred when a victim died the following day as a result of his injuries.

The local precinct’s Traffic Safety Officer P.O. Scott Lewis said a 2001

Chevrolet driving west on Foster Avenue made a left turn onto East 95th Street at about noon and struck the 88-year-old Foster Avenue resident, whose name was not released. Lewis said the driver of the Chevy stopped to assist the victim and told police he did not see him. Apparently the victim also told police he did not see the oncoming car.

The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital where he succumbed the following day. No charges have been filed against the driver, but the investigation is continuing.

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