NEW YORK CITY, NY – Shocking video shows the moment when a person behind the wheel plowed his car into three people, including a mother and her baby, as he fled a traffic stop in Queens on Wednesday, August 10th.
Hit-and-run driver strikes 3 people, including 2-year-old girl, fleeing from cops at a Queens traffic stophttps://t.co/NsHQf9roFZ
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 11, 2022
Both the mother and daughter were injured during the incident as the 28-year-old woman was pushing her 2-year-old child in a stroller when the crash occurred shortly after 5 p.m. near Wyckoff Avenue and George Street.
The surveillance video, obtained by The New York Post, captured the horrific moment, which begins with police officers speaking with the driver of a black SUV.
The mother is seen pushing her 2-year-old in the stroller across the street as one of the officers motions to another cop inside of a police cruiser, when the driver pushed on the gas pedal and took off.
The man behind the wheel slammed into the mother and child, who were just a few feet away from where he was initially pulled over by police. He then hit another 35-year-old man, not related to the woman or child.
— Diane P (@coolthruu) August 11, 2022
The video shows that the impact threw the woman into a parked car while the SUV appears to have driven right over the toddler in the middle of the street.
The other man, who appeared to be unloading a commercial truck at the time, was knocked into the back of the truck.
The video shows the mother immediately getting up and running to grab her child from the road as officers rushed to help. Some civilians ran over to help out the other man that was hit and pushed into the truck.
According to reports, the mother suffered a knee injury and her daughter hurt only her wrist, thankfully. The man sustained a leg injury and all three were transported to Wyckoff Hospital.
Police stated that the man was pulled over because of his loud exhaust and police determined he was driving with a suspended license.
Police had ordered him out of the car and that is when he fled. The suspect’s car was later found in Brooklyn, but as of this writing the driver is still at large.
In a separate incident, the West Valley City Police Department (WVCPD) in Utah announced an arrest of a man that left an 11-year-old boy dead after a hit-and-run.
The man has been identified as 46-year-old Steven Rollins. Just before midnight on August 11th, one of the neighbors reported a vehicle being parked and a man and a woman walking away from it.
BREAKING– An arrest has been made in the hit and run that killed an 11-year-old boy. West Valley police arrested Steven Rollins on suspicion of failing to remain on the scene of a fatal accident.https://t.co/cTNLyNSYeU#WVCPD #Utah
— KSL NewsRadio (@kslnewsradio) August 12, 2022
Investigators found the vehicle and found front end damage consistent with the fatal accident. Investigators were able to confirm that it was Rollins who was driving when the accident occurred.
According to West Valley police, around 11:40 p.m., a woman and her son were walking along 4000 West near 4200 South on a sidewalk when a vehicle “left the roadway, traveled onto the sidewalk and struck the child. The driver of the vehicle did not stop.”
The mother was not hit. After hitting the boy, the vehicle got back onto the road and drove off. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Rollins has been booked into jail on suspicion of failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving death.
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Democrat councilwoman accused of hit and run now faces new allegation of interfering with an officer
August 3rd, 2022
The incident in question happened in November of 2021 but was not made public until recently.
Democrat Amy Degise who became an elected official on New Jerseys city council, pulled a hit and run a few days ago. She refuses calls to resign and so far no arrest??? She feels justified to have kept on going because she had a green light.😡😡😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/vP0P5Ua2dk
— Nancy Patriot 💙 Free Speech! (@chairityj2004) August 1, 2022
Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise allegedly had left her car parked in a no parking/standing zone in November of 2021. While it was illegally parked, a tractor-trailer making a turn struck DeGise’s vehicle, prompting the police response.
The officer who was investigating the incident learned that DeGise’s vehicle had not been registered since 2019, and as such, was required by New Jersey State law to impound the vehicle until it was registered.
As the officer was waiting for the vehicle to get towed, DeGise made contact with him and asked him not to tow her vehicle.
The incident, captured on police body camera, was released by Hudson County View. In the video, DeGise is heard attempting to stop Hoboken Police Officer Ramon Caldron from towing her vehicle.
She told him that she had been recently elected as a councilwoman, had a member of her family in law enforcement, and that she needed to get back to work. DeGise is heard saying:
“I was endorsed by the JCPD. I’m a councilwoman.”
Officer Caldron is then heard expressing to her that it does not matter who she is or who she knows, rather, her vehicle was in violation of state law and he was required to tow it. He said:
“I’m sorry, there’s nothing I can do. This is Jersey state law. You can take what you want from the car now, and you can pick up the vehicle when it’s registered and you can get a report.”
— Ronald Kelly (@RonK3l) August 3, 2022
No information has been released which would lead us to determine if DeGise paid any type of fine to retrieve her vehicle from impound in November.
This newest drama comes after DeGise’s more recent traffic crash in which she allegedly failed to stop after striking a bicyclist in an intersection. Thankfully, reports are that the cyclist was not seriously hurt.
Calls for DeGise to step down have grown louder from her opponents but that seemingly does not matter as she has stated she has no intention of resigning from her office.
DeGise’s spokesperson recently released a statement in which her intention was made crystal clear:
“Councilwoman DeGise was elected overwhelmingly just a few months ago and she has no intention of walking away from the commitment she made to serve the people of Jersey City. She will not resign and plans to complete her full term and continue in public service.”
They did. She was charged with failure to report the accident and leaving the scene.
— @glenda 🇺🇸🇨🇦 (@glenda286342182) August 3, 2022
DeGise’s spokesperson added that she will not be speaking anymore on the matter while all of the legal processes work their way through the courts:
“As she has said previously, she is thankful that no one was seriously injured and she fully intends to speak out more when the legal process is concluded.”
Report: New Jersey leading Democrat strikes bicyclist with SUV, flees scene without stopping
JERSEY CITY, NJ- Wow! That’s all we’ve got in the case of a New Jersey councilwoman who was captured on video striking a bicyclist with her SUV then leaving the scene at high speed without checking for injuries, the New York Post reports.
Amy DeGise, a councilwoman from Jersey City, located across the Hudson River from New York City was seen driving at a fast rate of speed through an intersection when she struck Andrew Black, the cyclist, at around 8 a.m. on July 19.
The impact caused Black to go flying over the vehicles hood and falling to the ground, hudpost.com reported.
Black, 29 who is an Uber-Eats deliveryman said, “I look left, suddenly I just hear ‘Ba[m].’ I get hit. I roll over and I’m in such pain.”
Based on video surveillance of the intersection, it would be impossible for DeGise to claim she didn’t see the bicycle. She simply drove away from the intersection of Martin Luther King Dr. and Forrest St. in a Nissan Rogue like nothing happened, said Black, who was able to regain his footing after the crash.
In fact, it didn’t appear that DeGise ever even hit the brakes after she struck the bicyclist.
What happened after the crash is a bit subject to debate. At some point in time, she contacted the police department and received a summons.
On July 20, DeGise issued a statement in which she called the accident an “unfortunate event” however said she could not speak further due to her criminal case.
He did not suffer any serious injuries, but based on the impact, it could have been much worse. He is angry that someone who is supposed to be a community leader attempted to evade responsibility for the crash.
“Someone of prestige [who is] demanding to uphold and clean our streets or whatever they’re calling it can’t even do it themselves,” Black said. “It really upset me.”
NJ.com noted that Black’s shoes were knocked off as a result of the crash, while his now-mangled bike skidded to the curb. A number of people who witnessed the accident tended to Black in order to help.
For example, one woman retrieved his other shoe, while people from a corner preschool set out a cooler for him to sit on. A number of people stopped by to make sure he was ok.
The video shows Black pedaling through a red light at the time of the accident, the New Jersey Globe reported. Despite DeGise having the right of way, she was issued a summons for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report it, the outlet wrote.
An online petition posted on Change.org gathered over 600 signatures demanding DeGise’s resignation. The Post said DeGise did not return a request for comment.
Anyone who found themselves in a situation such as DeGise did should have done the right thing and stopped. The fact that she is an elected official means she should be held to a higher standard than Joe Six Pack. She swore an oath to uphold the law, which she failed at miserably.
As NJ.com noted, “pedestrian, bicycle and overall traffic safety are huge issues in Jersey City, so much so in fact that the city has signed on to the Vision Zero goal of ending tragic motor vehicle crashes.
The voters of Jersey City deserve an explanation from DeGise as to why she thought it prudent to evade the scene of an accident where she should have known there was a possibility of serious injury.
Why would anyone, especially a sitting city councilwoman strike someone with her vehicle and leave the scene? Is this what she thinks of her constituents?
DeGise is apparently well-connected. As we have seen in national politics, who you are is much more important than what you did. It will be interesting to see if DeGise is made to pay the price for her inaction and her deliberate attempt to evade responsibility for an accident.
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