2009-04-30 / Other News

Reward Offered For Information On Hit-Run Killer

By Charles Rogers

Victim Elijah Thomas Victim Elijah Thomas Crime Stoppers, the independent, non-profit agency that offers cash awards to anyone furnishing information that leads to the arrest of criminals convicted of serious felonies, has offered $2,000 for information on the driver of the car that struck and killed Canarsie youngster Elijah Thomas last January.

Eight-year-old Thomas was crossing East 95th Street near Seaview Avenue on January 21 shortly after midnight with his mother, Sharon, and his sister when he was struck by what his mother said was a light-colored Cadillac that appeared to have been speeding. The mother said the car stopped for a moment and then continued driving, making a left turn at the corner and heading east on Seaview Avenue. Neither the boy's mother nor his sister was injured. The mother said they had been visiting a friend in the area for a late dinner.

Residents in the area called 911 and paramedics from the City Emergency Medical Service took the youngster to Brookdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead by an emergency room physician.

As stated in the poster, anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. The reward will be given through a special code process where the identity of the caller remains anonymous. Callers may also give information to the 69th Precinct Detective Squad by calling (718) 257-6215.

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