Brooklyn, NY – Hit-N-Run Driver Nabbed with the Help of Witness

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    Brooklyn, NY – A 27-year-old man is fighting for his life after he was mowed down by a hit-run driver in Midwood.

    The unidentified man was crossing Ocean Avenue near Avenue “M” when he was struck by a 2007 BMW traveling southbound on Ocean Avenue.

    The driver fled while a witness to the accident flagged down a passing patrol car and provided cops with a description of the vehicle.
    Officers soon spotted the car and, after a brief pursuit, the hit-n-run driver was stopped on East 10th Street near Avenue “O”.

    Yehuda M., 19, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, vehicular assault and reckless driving.

    The victim is listed in critical condition at Kings County Hospital.

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    34 COMMENTS

    1. It may well not be the parents’ fault, but that cannot be concluded. These behavior patterns can have multiple causes, and parents can be one of them. The other possible contributors include chinuch, our leadership in general, and those close to the family and the individual.

      Another bothersome issue here is that statistics say that the drunk driver has driven under the influence approximately 75 times before getting caught. This is alarming in that this individual has exposed the community to this danger many times before this tragic incident. That may well be our fault.

      It is important to avoid the finger pointing, as it helps no one. We all have our denials to overcome, and we need to be receptive to suggestions of how to do things differently. Change needs to be considered, since problems like this exist and are not getting better by our sitting on our hands.

    2. A 19 yr old is an adult. We can’t blame the parents forever. We must take responsibility for our own actions and behavior and live with the consequences. This 19 yr old must live with the consequences of his actions. Unless he set out kill/maim someone it was an accident. And if he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol he is a troubled individual to begin with. He will have to face the civil/criminal charges and will be punished (rightly so) but he will always have to live with the knowledge of what he did.

    3. Hank- I just don’t understand the need to throw punches like anon 11:02 did without the slightest knowledge of who or what he/she is talking about. Why shame on the parents? or grandparents? or rebbi, cleaning lady, dog-walker etc. lives are laying in ruins at this moment (may Hashem have mercy on the injured and his family) and someone already sees it fit to pass judgement. it is for that reason that i felt compelled (with nausea) to state what i did. Please, anon 11:02, accept my apology for the uncalled for tone of my words. but please, utilize your emotions to pray for all parties involved; not to rub salt on wounds and/or inflict new ones.

    4. When I was a kid as long as I lived under my parents roof I never had my own car. not only that if I wanted to drive somewhere it wasn’t a hefker velt.

      The parents are to blame, maybe not as the same level as this stupid 19 year old, but they do carry some kind of fualt.

      A 19 year old boy should not have his own car, and if he does drive, it should be with parental supervision. only someone who is not a parent can say something like shocked 1:05

    5. its no joke- your heart is in the right place but, again, here’s an axample of taking without knowing klutz fin boidem. today’s 19-year-olds have money and freedom that we didn’t have as 19-year-olds. my parents ran a tight ship at home, and it worked well with my siblings. not me, but i digress: you simply cannot and will not control everything your kids do. if you believe otherwise, this conversation is over. but ribono-shel-olam, genig shoin with this asinine judgement! we will all stand before the Almighty one day and be judged then and may He have mercy on all of us.

      ps case in point: you determined i am not a parent without having an inkling regarding my identity.

    6. Sorry,

      HIS PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE. Because they failed to raise him properly. Any well raised child WILL NOT DRIVE DRUNK @ 2:00AM or any other time.!

    7. I am not exactly sure where 3:41 got his/her info about the time of the incident but it is irrelevant. How can you conclude his parents didn’t raise him properly by the mere facts of this story. Maybe he rebelled – it happens to well meaning parents who do their best yet Hashem has placed certain challenges before them and the child. We dont know if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the NYP, and for all we know the drugs are perscribed and not abused. But even if he was under the influence of alcohol – could he not be driving home from a simcha? Plain and simple we dont have the facts. What we do know is that unless we have some reason to believe this person deliberately went out to harm another wqe must conclude it wasan accident. Legally he can be found to be responsible for the actions of his behavior – ane he probably will be – and he will have to pay his debt to society. But to blame his parents for “not raising him right” is not a reasonable or rational thing to do. I am sure they did not raise him to drink and drive.

    8. As for those who are criticizing the drunk drivers let me point out that even a glass of wine or a L’Chaim can put some over the blood alcohol content level prescribed by law. There is a difference between someome who has one glass or one litre of alcohol. Of course it makes no difference to the deceased but an accident is an accident – you may be impaired and not realize it – dont most men drive a little “happy” after a simcha – Perhaps we should ban alcohol all together.

    9. If you can’t handle the “sauce”, you should “ban” yourself from it (or from driving) regardless of whether you are at a legal limit. There is an ad on t.v. that warns against what they are terming ‘BUZZED”driving.

    10. What are we gaining by commenting on the events! There is a 27 yr old who is in critical condition and let’s hope he gets better. As for the 19 yr old it’s an honest accident if he had any knowledge this was going to happen, HE WOULDNT HAVE BEEN DRIVING!! Let’s hope he is able to get the help he needs without him and his family having to deal with to much hardship. Refuah Shleimah to both victims they both need it in someway!!!!

    11. his parents are responsible, his school and rebbes are respondiuble BUT MOST OF ALL A 19 YAR OLD YOUNG ADULT IS RESPONSIBLE

      too bad no one taught him.

      sick sick sick

    12. “As for the 19 yr old it’s an honest accident if he had any knowledge this was going to happen, HE WOULDNT HAVE BEEN DRIVING!! ”

      SORRY ANON 5:58, “IF HE WOULD HAVE KNOWN” AND A honest MISTAKE IS NOT THE ANSWER. zero tolerance ever you never get into a car after consuming alcohol. it makes me sick everytime i see heimishe yidden guzzling at the bars at simchas then getting in their cars without any regard for their own lives, the people driving and walking on the roads or the passengers in the car.

      its a sick thing and a sick example for the young people.

      HONEST? there is nothing honest about getting into a car after consuming any amount of alcohol.

      the victim is lucky to be alive. and i hope he sues the driver to punish him and learn a lesson and be an example for other young peopel to not be STUPID

    13. u are all a bunch of fools the kid was not drunk or drugged so i think everyone should take back what they said and hope they will never be put in the same situation

    14. (When I was a kid as long as I lived under my parents roof I never had my own car. not only that if I wanted to drive somewhere it wasn’t a hefker velt.

      The parents are to blame, maybe not as the same level as this stupid 19 year old, but they do carry some kind of fualt.

      A 19 year old boy should not have his own car, and if he does drive, it should be with parental supervision. only someone who is not a parent can say something like shocked 1:05)

      You must have lived in the stone-ages!

    15. Honest? Accident? Mistake? I don’t know why everyone is only concentrating on drunk and drive as a judgement of character (or the parents). What about the hit-and-run? He was stopped after the police went after him a few blocks away. This fact alone put him in a different category of troubles. I will let everyone else judge on how much responsibility the parents should bare.

    16. The injured was my friend. Accidents happen, but the young man should’ve accepted responsibility for his actions, instead of driving away from the scene of an accident. Based on the extent of the injuries, it can be safely assumed that the impact was at an excessive speed. And based on eye-witness accounts, the pedestrian was not at fault.

      My friend is now lying unconscious in a hospital bed due to this young man’s negligence. Pointing fingers will not change the young man’s upbringing, and will not heal my friend. But I do hope that your prayers will inspire some change in the young man’s life, as well as a positive changes in my friend’s dire situation.

    17. Shame on you for your petty arguments while a young man lies unconcious because of Yahuda (or his parent’s or WHOMEVER’S responsibility.) If you’re going to comment, I suggest you take the energy that you spend kvetching regarding this idiot driver and pray for the victim’s health as well as for legal justice when the case is sentenced.

    18. Hi, I’m writing on behalf of the friends and family of the 27-year old man who was the victim of this accident and is now fighting for his life. His name is Derek,and the following link provides updates on how he is doing. If it is in your heart, please send him your prayers and positive energy. Thank you.

      http://dereksrisaranard.wordpress.com/

    19. The man struck is my friend Derick is not Jewish – though he sounds a bit like it because he’s been living in Midwood for years. He’s a talented bassist and drummer and even more, a good friend. In the past few years he put a lot of artistic effort in photography and if you saw his work, you would see the passion. He helped me become a better musician and we shared a lot of laughs and some adventures throughout the years. I’ve missed him since we’ve grown apart but I miss him even more now since this tragedy happened. Please pray for Derick as well as Yahuda. They are both suffering.

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