By Sabina Mollot
Police have arrested a taxi driver in connection with a hit-and-run that left a woman dead in front of Stuyvesant Town on Saturday.
John Bangura, a 68-year-old resident of Washington Heights, was arrested on Sunday morning. Police were able to track him down through his vehicle, which was seen in surveillance video.
According to police, the victim, identified as Bronx resident Kenya Flores, 44, had been lying in the road prior to being hit by the cab. Additionally, according to police, she was wearing all black when hit by the car at around 3:36 a.m.
When police responded to the scene, which was First Avenue between East 16th and 17th Streets, Flores was lying in the bus lane on the east side of First Avenue, with trauma to her body. An EMS team took the woman to Bellevue Hospital, but she couldn’t be saved.
A witness told cops that Flores’s body, after being hit, had been dragged down the street. The accident also caused the grill of the car to come off and an officer had to remove it from the victim’s foot, according to the criminal complaint.
Police said they were later able to match the piece of the grill to Bangura’s cab and they stated he admitted to being the one behind the wheel at the time of the accident. Bangura has since been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
Bail for Bangura was set at $5,000 and his next court appearance is on March 25. His Legal Aid attorney, Marnie Zein, could not immediately be reached for comment.
A spokesperson for Blackstone said the owner is cooperating with police and had provided some video footage.
When asked if, based on the footage, if it appeared the woman had fallen or fainted or if suicide was suspected, a police spokesperson would only say the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.