Two separate hit and runs on the Grand Central Parkway during St. Patrick’s Day weekend left one driver dead and a pedestrian in critical condition.
Roberto Depena of Kew Gardens Hills was arrested on Sunday, March 17 for allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident. According to the NYPD, at approximately 3:20 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call regarding a vehicle crash in the vicinity of the Grand Central Parkway and 180th Street.
Upon further investigation, it was revealed that a yellow taxicab was traveling westbound on the parkway when it was struck by a 2001 Honda sedan, forcing it to strike the median. The Honda fled the scene and the operator of the taxicab was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Bronx resident Ansumana Dukuly. Depena,19, was later apprehended within the confines of the 107 Precinct and taken into custody.
He has been hit with a number of charges including second-degree vehicular manslaughter, fleeing the scene of an accident, criminally negligent homicide, driving while intoxicated, a speed violation and an additional charge for consuming alcohol underage.
The other incident occurred on March 16 at approximately 2 a.m. Police responded to a 911 call regarding a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle on the eastbound Grand Central Parkway service road in the vicinity of Union Turnpike.
Upon arrival, police observed a 29-year-old male unconscious and unresponsive with body trauma. The victim was transported to New York Hospital Queens by EMS and is listed in critical condition. The driver is still at large and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.