Early Monday morning the driver of a black sedan struck and killed a Jackson Heights man just five blocks from his home, according to police and family.
The driver who hit Agustin Campoverde, also known as Manuel, fled the scene.
“How could a person just leave another human being just laying there?” his brother Nicolas Campoverde said in Spanish hours before the funeral on Wednesday. “How could they do to somebody what they would never want done to them? I wish they would of put themselves in Manuel’s shoes.”
Manuel typically worked Monday through Friday but last weekend he was called by another construction company for extra work.
When the young man, who turned 25 on Aug. 6, was done he grabbed his sister and brother-in-law and headed to Flushing Meadows Corona Park to play soccer. Campoverde loved soccer and working out, his brother said.
As the group of three headed home around 10 p.m. a few of Campoverde’s friends called to hang out and eat. He didn’t drink heavily, but had the occasional drink with family and friends, Nicolas said.
His sister called Manuel at 11 p.m., which was the last his family heard from him.
Nicolas said Campoverde had no children of his own but spent lots of time with his nieces and nephews.
“He was generous, good, kind, friendly and pleasant,” Nicolas said. “He was just starting to live his life.”
At 1:50 a.m. police found Manuel lying in the roadway at 34th Avenue and Junction Boulevard. Campoverde was walking in the eastbound lane of 34th Avenue when the car, traveling eastbound, struck him, police said.
He was unresponsive but still alive when emergency responders rushed him to Elmhurst Hospital, Nicolas said. At 3 a.m. the hospital called Manuel’s sister and by about 6 a.m. the whole family knew either from other family members or from the news that Manuel had passed away earlier that morning.
Manuel was the sixth child of 10 — five boys and five girls. He had moved to New York from Ecuador about three years ago.
One witness described the suspect as having a light complexion, but police have not released any further information. The investigation is ongoing.
— with reporting by Giselle Faura