2003-02-06 / Front Page

HIT-RUN DRIVER SURRENDERS

Student Struck Down Outside Canarsie High School...

By Charles Rogers

The driver of a car that struck a 17-year-old Canarsie High School student in front of the school Tuesday morning and then sped off, leaving the injured youth unconscious on the street, has been arrested.

The youth, Michael Alexander of East 88 Street, was taken to Brookdale Hospital by Emergency Medical Service ambulance in serious condition. His mother, Caroline, said yesterday that Michael sustained injuries to his head but was apparently alert enough to "say a few words" to her.

According to Police Officer Scott Lewis, highway safety officer from the 69th Precinct, Ober Deleon, 22, a resident of Staten Island, turned himself in at the Foster Avenue stationhouse Tuesday evening and was arrested by Police Officer Robert Bello, who charged him with leaving the scene of an accident.

Lewis said witnesses stated the teen was crossing the west side of Rockaway Parkway in front of the school at about 7:50 a.m. when Deleon’s car, a 1990 Acura, which was traveling south, hit him and then sped off.

"There were a lot of people around at the time," Caroline Alexander said, " and some of them even tried to stop the car after it hit Michael, but nobody thought to get the license plate number and the car just kept going down the parkway."

Police said that while they were investigating the case, Deleon came to the stationhouse with family members and an attorney when he surrendered

Mrs. Alexander said she didn’t hear about the arrest until yesterday morning just before she was going to visit her son in the hospital.

"Oh, thank God they got him," she said.

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