(UPDATED) Woman killed in hit-and-run outside Stuyvesant Town


Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

A woman was killed in a hit-and-run early Saturday morning in front of Stuyvesant Town.

According to police, the victim had been lying in the road prior to being hit by the vehicle, which was a taxi, based on a preliminary investigation by the NYPD’s Highway Unit’s Collision Investigation Squad.

It was 3:36 a.m. when police responded to the scene, which was First Avenue between East 16th and 17th Streets. When they got there, the 44-year-old victim was lying in the bus lane on the east side of First Avenue, with trauma to her body. The other vehicle had already left the scene by then. An EMS team took the woman to Bellevue Hospital, but she couldn’t be saved.

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Kenya Flores of The Bronx.

UPDATE #2. Police arrested 68-year-old John Bangura, a resident of Washington Heights, in connection with the crime, early Sunday. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

UPDATE #3: Police said the suspect was found after police obtained video footage of the vehicle. A spokesperson for Blackstone said the owner is cooperating with police and has provided some footage. When asked if, based on the footage, if it appeared the woman had fallen or fainted or if suicide was suspected, the police spokesperson would only say the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

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