Photos by David Greene
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, AUGUST 20- A 50-year-old woman is fighting for her life after an apparent traffic dispute where witnesses say that after striking the victim, the driver backed his vehicle up and over the fallen victim-- before running her over a third time and driving off.
Officers from the 40th Precinct and paramedics were called to the southbound
Bruckner Boulevard service road at East 138 Street at just after 1 p.m. on August 18.
The still-unidentified victim was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, one police source stated that the victim suffered severe, "trauma to the body and head."
Late Monday night that source added that police were in the process of releasing video obtained by detectives of the vehicle fleeing the scene. The brief clip of video was released to media outlets the following day.
The source described the vehicle as, "a white sedan, probably a Chevy Impala," with a dark front panel and bumper.
Friends of the victim reported that they were crossing East 138 Street when words were exchanged with a driver who was headed northbound, but made a U-turn.
Seconds before impact witnesses say the victim pushed a male friend out of the way as the driver apparently aimed for the group.
A major thoroughfare, Bruckner Boulevard has been the site of several fatal hit-and-run accidents in the last several years.
On September 15, 2013, Maria Dulce-Valencia, 27, was also struck and killed along the southbound Bruckner Boulevard service road at Evergreen Avenue in Soundview.
Police are believed to still be looking for the driver of the black sedan responsible for Valencia's death.
It was nearly one-year ago when on August 31, 2013, Abigail Lino, 24, was one of dozens of partygoers who fled a nightclub after false claims of gunfire.
Lino was mowed-down along the Bruckner Boulevard service road at Austin Place and she died at the scene.
Police would later capture and charge Leroy Forest, 31, with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
On April 1, 2013, two men were discovered dead along Bruckner Boulevard and East 138 Street, the site of the latest crash. The driver in that crash remains at large.
Despite being one of the borough's most deadliest roadways, Bruckner Boulevard is not slated to become a "slow zone," with a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Vision Zero" plan.
Anyone with any information on any of the hit-and-run incidents are urged to call investigators at (800) 577-TIPS, all calls remain confidential.
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