Van driver fatally strikes woman in hit-and-run on Chelsea street

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The intersection of West 23rd Street and 7th Avenue in Chelsea, where a 29-year-old woman was struck and killed in a hit-and-run on Aug. 2, 2020. (Photo via Google Maps)

Detectives are looking for the van driver who struck and killed a 29-year-old woman on a Chelsea street early Sunday morning and fled the scene.

Law enforcement sources said the incident happened at 5:09 a.m. on Aug. 2 at the corner of West 23rd Street and 7th Avenue.

According to police, the victim — Maria Christina Villacres of Corona Avenue in Corona — was attempting to cross West 23rd Street from south to north when the unidentified driver, behind the wheel of a van, struck her while traveling eastbound on the roadway.

Despite hitting Villacres, authorities said, the driver did not stop his vehicle and continued traveling eastbound on West 23rd Street.

Officers from the 13th Precinct and EMS units responded to a 911 call about the collision. Upon arrival, cops found Villacres unconscious and unresponsive with head and body trauma.

Paramedics rushed her to Bellevue Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

No arrests have been made at this time. The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is handling the case.