A 30-year-old man mowed down by a hit-and-run driver in a luxury Porsche in Queens was clinging to life Saturday as his family gathered around his hospital bed to pray for his recovery.
Although police reported that Brendan Marmolejos had died from his injuries, relatives confirmed Saturday that the Murray’s Cheese Bar worker was alive, albeit in critical condition.
“Right now we all pray for his strong will in mind and body to overcome these injuries,” his cousin Jason Meneses wrote on a GoFundMe post, which has raised more than $15,000 for Marmolejos’ medical bills.
“He remains in an unconscious sedated state, as the doctors tell us the next few days are crucial to his recovery. With the help of some amazing doctors and prayers from all his family and friends, we hope for the best each day.”
Marmolejos was riding his stand-up scooter across 44th Drive in Long Island City just before 6 p.m. Wednesday when the Porsche SUV slammed into him at Vernon Blvd., cops said.
Responding officers found the victim suffering from a severe head injury, and he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital.
On Friday, SUV driver Dwayne Bovell, 40, surrendered to cops at the 111th Precinct in Bayside. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a serious injury. His arraignment in Queens Criminal Court was pending Saturday.