2 hit-and-runs within 24 hours: 1 man dead in Queens, another man dead in the Bronx

Maya Rajamani
July 01, 2020 - 12:44 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two men died in hit-and-runs hours apart on Tuesday, one of whom was fatally struck by a driver in a stolen box truck, the NYPD said.

Honda CRV driver Hamlet Cruz-Gomez, 25, of Brooklyn, was making a left turn onto Metropolitan Avenue from Rentar Plaza in Ridgewood, Queens around 1 p.m. on Tuesday when a driver traveling east on Metropolitan Avenue in a box truck hit him, police said. 

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Cruz-Gomez was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the NYPD said. 

The box truck driver, 37-year-old Ramon Pena, fled the scene on foot, but was taken into custody soon after, police said. 

Pena faces charges including manslaughter, assault, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless endangerment and grand larceny, as the box truck was stolen, the NYPD said. His attorney information wasn't immediately available Wednesday.

Several hours later, around 6:20 p.m., a Mercedes Benz driver speeding east on Oak Point Avenue in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx hit a van traveling north on Manida Street through the intersection with the avenue, police said. 

The impact pushed the van into another unoccupied vehicle, the NYPD said. 

The van’s 56-year-old driver was taken to a nearby hospital with body trauma, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. 

The Mercedes Benz driver fled the scene in another vehicle, and hadn’t been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon, police said. 

Police didn’t immediately release the 56-year-old driver’s name. An investigation is ongoing.