SENIOR DIES IN CHRISTMAS HIT-RUN
Police are searching for a hit-run driver responsible for the death of an elderly man at one minute past midnight on Christmas.
Neville Mills, 71, had just come from delivering Christmas gifts to relatives who live nearby and was crossing Rockaway Parkway a few yards south of Avenue B — just a few steps from his home — when, according to witnesses, a silver Nissan Morano struck him once, throwing him about 20 yards, and then struck him again. The Nissan then fled south on Rockaway Parkway, police said.
One report said the car hit him and then went into reverse and ran over his body. Neville was brought to Brookdale Hospital, which is only a block and a half from where he was hit.
Lincoln Paisley, the victim’s nephew, told reporters that his uncle wanted to walk home after delivering the presents to his relatives. He said he walked him to the corner of Avenue A after some of the victim’s nieces said they would be glad to drive him home, but he refused the ride.
Relatives and friends pleaded with the driver of the Nissan to turn himself in. “We know accidents can happen,” one witness was reported to have said, “but to just leave him in the street and not try to help….” Her voice trailed off.
Police are still questioning witnesses, although it was reported they have little to go on. Anyone with information is asked to call the 67th Precinct at (718) 287-3225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
All calls will be kept strictly confidential.