2005-12-29 / Front Page

SENIOR DIES IN CHRISTMAS HIT-RUN

Hit-Run Fatal To Senior One Minute Into Christmas
By Charles Rogers

A pile of clothing and remnants of a few Christmas gifts lying on the ground near where Neville Mills, 71, was killed by a hit-run driver just after Christmas Eve are inspected by a detective and officers of the Highway Patrol. Police say Mills was crossing Rockaway Parkway near Avenue B when he was struck.             Seth GottfriedA pile of clothing and remnants of a few Christmas gifts lying on the ground near where Neville Mills, 71, was killed by a hit-run driver just after Christmas Eve are inspected by a detective and officers of the Highway Patrol. Police say Mills was crossing Rockaway Parkway near Avenue B when he was struck. Seth Gottfried

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.

A wreath and numerous bouquets of flowers line the sidewalk next to middle section of Rockaway Parkway divided by wrought iron fence. Mr. Mills was struck by hit-run car — and then struck again, witnesses told police. Scene is just a block and a half south of Brookdale Hospital.
  Charles RogersA wreath and numerous bouquets of flowers line the sidewalk next to middle section of Rockaway Parkway divided by wrought iron fence. Mr. Mills was struck by hit-run car — and then struck again, witnesses told police. Scene is just a block and a half south of Brookdale Hospital. Charles Rogers He was pronounced dead by emergency room doctors at Brookdale.

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.

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