Hit-and-run driver in Rolls Royce takes pedestrian’s life in Brooklyn

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The crosswalk at the corner of McGuinness Boulevard and Bayard Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn — the site of a deadly hit-and-run on May 18, 2021.
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Police in Brooklyn are searching for the driver of a Rolls Royce who fatally ran down a pedestrian in a hit-and-run early Tuesday morning.

Law enforcement sources said the incident happened at about 12:45 a.m. on May 18 at the corner of McGuinness Boulevard and Bayard Street in Greenpoint.

Based on a preliminary investigation, police learned that the victim, a 58-year-old man, attempted to cross McGuinness Boulevard, walking eastbound in the crosswalk, but against the traffic signal.

As he did so, cops said, the unidentified driver inside a black Rolls Royce sedan struck him while traveling southbound on McGuinness Boulevard. 

Despite hitting the man, authorities said, the luxury car’s driver did not stop the vehicle, which fled from the scene.

Officers from the 94th Precinct and EMS units, in responding to a 911 call about the incident, found the victim on the roadway with severe trauma to his body.

Paramedics rushed the victim to Woodhull Hospital, where he died a short time later. Police have withheld the man’s identity, pending family notification.

So far, no arrests have been made in the case, which is being handled by the NYPD Highway Patrol’s Collision Investigation Squad. 

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run or the driver’s whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.