NYC man struck in Thanksgiving hit-and-run crash dies nearly a month later: police

Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News

A Bronx man struck by a callous hit-and-run driver on Thanksgiving two blocks from his home succumbed to his injuries this week, police said.

The motorist who struck victim Roberto Velez on Bruckner Blvd. in Unionport on Nov. 27 stopped his minivan but never helped the victim, cops said.

Instead he waited just long enough to pick up two friends, then sped away from the 12:05 a.m. crash near Havemeyer Ave., police said.

Video recovered at the scene shows the minivan stopping near Velez’s body as two people run past the mortally-wounded man and jump inside the vehicle, cops said.

First responders found Velez, 53, sprawled out on the ground with a massive head injury and several broken ribs. He was rushed to Jacobi Hospital in grave condition and was put on a breathing machine.

He died of his injuries on Tuesday, cops said.

Police released surveillance video of the light-colored minivan to the public on Saturday.

Anyone with information about it or the driver is urged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.