A suspect in the deadly hit-and-run accident that took the life of a 12-year-old girl and injured her sister and mother Wednesday afternoon surrendered to police, a police official said Thursday.
Detectives in Brooklyn's 62nd Precinct arrested Robert DeCarlo, 26, after he walked in to the station house at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, said an NYPD spokesman. Charges against DeCarlo were pending as of late Thursday.
Police had earlier identified DeCarlo, of 114 Avenue U in the Flatlands area, as suspect based on a study of a video involving the earlier theft of the 2005 Dodge Caravan which jumped the curb near the intersection of Flatlands Avenue and East 46th Street and struck the three victims.
The accident took the life of Joey Sellers and injured her 9 year-old sister and their 38-year-old mother. Both of the injured remained in critical condition Thursday at Kings County Hospital, said police.
DeCarlo allegedly fled the scene of the accident. But the law enforcement official who didn't want to be identified said that detectives traced the location in Brooklyn from which the Caravan had been stolen and retrieved video images of DeCarlo. A confidential police informant recognized DeCarlo by his nickname of "DeNiro" or "Dinero," said the source, explaining that the name was an apparent reference to the suspect's passing resemblance to the actor Robert DeNiro as a younger man.
Detectives then searched through a street name and nickname database and identified DeCarlo, who had a previous arrest record, an official said.