Garbage truck driver sought for fatally striking woman in early-morning Brooklyn hit-and-run

A car hopped the curb outside 41 W. 96th St. in Manhattan, injuring two pedestrians on Nov. 17, 2016, police said.
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A woman died of her injuries on Thursday morning after she was struck by a private sanitation truck in a hit-and-run in Brooklyn.

Authorities say that at 4:06 a.m. on Jan. 16, the NYPD responded to a call regarding a woman struck in the vicinity of Bay Parkway and 86th Street in Bensonhurst. Upon their arrival, officers learned that 67-year-old Deborah Mutell was crossing 86th Street midblock when she was hit by a private sanitation truck, which was traveling eastbound.

The truck dragged Mutell’s body down the street, leaving her at the intersection of 86th Street and Bay Parkway. The truck continued eastbound on 86th Street.

Mutell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are searching for the private sanitation truck that was involved in the hit-and-run. No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Mutell’s death is the latest in a string of pedestrian deaths New York City. On Jan. 15, 67-year-old Stephanie Curtiss was struck and killed by an elderly driver at the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and St. James Street. The driver remained at the scene following the incident.

Updated at 3:15 p.m.