Driver who fatally struck woman in multi-car crash then fled scene in Brooklyn arrested

Kimberly Dole
July 06, 2020 - 1:34 pm
Brooklyn fatal crash

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police on Sunday arrested a driver they said fled the scene after fatally striking a woman crossing an intersection in Brooklyn.

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At approximately 7:20 p.m., authorities responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Avenue J in the Midwood section.

Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Collision, Driver Apprehended @CitizenApp

Ave J & Ocean Ave Yesterday 7:21:42 PM EDT

Upon arrival, officers discovered a 58-year-old woman lying on the roadway, with head trauma.

She was later identified as Mariya Ursachenko.

EMS transported the victim to Maimonides Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Further investigation by the NYPD Highway District's Collision Investigation Squad determined that a black 2015 Kia Optima, operated by a 25-year-old man, was traveling southbound on Ocean Avenue within the turn lane, at an apparent high rate of speed, and entered the intersection of Avenue J against a steady red traffic signal.

That's when the driver struck a 2015 Lexus E35 sedan, operated by a 26-year-old man, traveling eastbound on Avenue J with a steady green traffic signal.

Police said the Lexus sedan then struck a 58-year-old female pedestrian who was crossing within the south crosswalk and was knocked to the roadway.

The Lexus then rotated counter-clockwise and came to a rest in the northbound left-turn lane of Ocean Avenue according to officials.

The Kia rotated clockwise and struck a third vehicle, a 2019 Infiniti QX6 SUV, operated by a 38-year-old man, which was traveling north in the left lane on Ocean Avenue.

Officials said the operator of the Kia initially fled the location on foot but was subsequently apprehended.

He was later identified at 25-year-old Mohammed Nasim.

Nasim is facing charges including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular assault, reckless driving, motor vehicle failure to yield to a pedestrian, failure to exercise due care, and a speed violation.

The driver of the Lexus was transported to NYC Health & Hospitals/Coney Island in stable condition.

An investigation remains ongoing.