82-year-old man hospitalized in hit-and-run collision on Christmas day

Holiday hit-and-run in Bay Ridge

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What should have been a joyous day turned tragic when a Bay Ridge senior was struck on 69th Street by hit-and-run driver on Christmas morning.

The driver of a red sports utility vehicle critically injured an 82-year-old man on Dec. 25 before fleeing the scene, authorities say.

Police report that the flighty motorist was travelling down Third Avenue in the direction of Sunset Park at around 9 am, then took a right onto 69th Street — which the elderly victim was crossing outside the crosswalk.

The vehicle collided with the jaywalker, breaking his leg, causing internal injuries, and knocking him unconscious. But the driver continued on his course.

Fire Department ambulances took the man to Lutheran Medical Center at 9:16 am.

Cops are continuing to investigate the incident, and are searching for the driver.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Mike from Maspeth says:
Don't they do anything else in Bay Ridge but hit and runs? Oh, that's right! Fight traffic calming!
Dec. 27, 2013, 7:21 am
Breadman from Bay Ridge says:
Please take a writing class. "the elderly victim was crossing outside the crosswalk." He wasn't a victim until after the car hit him. At this moment in the story he would be considered a pedestrian.
Dec. 27, 2013, 12:08 pm
Charles from Bay Ridge says:
Reckless pedestrians and overalt aggressive drivers are a dangerous combination. Mike may be right, there are too many people against traffic calming in Bay Ridge. The recent spike in accidents should call this into question. Though the perps are almost always livery cab drivers from Sunset Park.
Dec. 27, 2013, 2 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Morons like Alan Bortnick don't care at all about pedestrian safety. Their only interest is whether cars are able to speed through the neighborhood. And the 68th Precinct does not enforce laws against speeding or reckless driving.

Now parking at an expired meter, that's an enforcement priority at Captain DeBlasio's 68tn Precinct.

Dec. 27, 2013, 8:40 pm
Stonewalled Stonecraft from Quotaville says:
Six Sigma analysis adopted by Key Stone Patrol in Quotaville:

High Effort & High Results: Properly classify crimes and solve them

High Effort & Low Results: Run guns and push 'roids [John Rossi, RIP]

Low Effort & Low Results: Improperly classify crimes and censor the blotter

Low Effort & High Results: Give out parking tickets

In Bloomberg's data driven world, figures never lie.........
Dec. 28, 2013, 11:36 am
ted from Park Town says:
Probably a hobby cyclist.
Dec. 28, 2013, 12:07 pm
Aware Trnsplt from Bay Ridge says:
The "traffic calming" solution is for 4th Ave, this accident took place at 3rd Ave & 69th St. Like it or not, adding a "traffic calming" corridor down 4th Ave is going to divert even more reckless drivers onto 3rd, Ridge and Colonial. And how else will they get to 3rd, Ridge and Colonial, down these residential side streets. Most pedestrians that are hit, are done so while crossing in the middle of blocks. Now, I'm not condoning just ramming people down if they don't follow the "rules" but they are rules for reasons other than ruining your day. Also, I hope the elderly man is okay, I never enjoy hearing about these incidents.
Dec. 30, 2013, 3:46 pm
ridger from BR says:
However, unlike 4th Ave., 3rd Ave. has just one lane each way for traffic and double parking is rampant, especially during the day. So, drivers will still tend to gravitate to 4th Ave.

While waiting for the bus at 3rd and 69th, I've watched cars speeding down 3rd Ave. I'm apprehensive about crossing streets because many drivers speed and often don't signal.

And Community Board 10 member, Allen Bortnick, is ridiculous. Among Bortnick's "brilliant" ideas: putting a police observation tower in the middle of 86th at 4th Ave. and trying to rent a permanent parking spot for himself in front of his apt. building. You can thank Councilman Vincent Gentile for appointing nutjob Bortnick to CB 10's neighborhood transportation panel.

But at the end of the day, you still have to fault the do-nothing attitude of the 68th precinct. By not enforcing traffic laws, they are not doing their job to keep the residents of Bay Ridge safe from careless and reckless drivers.
Dec. 30, 2013, 7:28 pm
Fran from Bay Ridge says:
I am very saddened to hear someone else being run down in Bay Ridge. We have a lot of speeding cars here and something needs to be done. To be fair I have seen people crossing in the middle of Third avenue even though there are a lot of cars there. Speeding laws need to be enforced. People need to cross at the corner no matter what. I hope the fact that they hired new officers recently at the 68th precinct means the speeding and jaywalking laws will be enforced now.
Jan. 1, 2014, 11:35 pm

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