Bronx brothers seek answers after father's fatal hit-and-run

Two Bronx brothers are seeking more information about the night their father was struck by a hit-and-run driver and died because of his injuries a month later.

News 12 Staff

Dec 25, 2020, 4:20 AM

Updated 1,251 days ago

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Two Bronx brothers are seeking more information about the night their father was struck by a hit-and-run driver and died because of his injuries a month later.
Robert Velez, 59, was struck by a white-colored van and left seriously injured on Thanksgiving while walking home from work.
The incident happened in front of 226 Bruckner Blvd.
Velez remained in the hospital with a serious head injury and broken ribs before his family decided to remove him from life support.
Velez's two sons, Roberto and Cesar, say they just want answers.
"We just have a lot of question marks in terms of 'Was it more than a hit and run?' Our goal is to get the information to as many people as possible," Roberto says.
Surveillance video from the night of the incident shows two men exiting the minivan that struck Velez and running past his body before jumping back inside and taking off.
Police say the incident is being considered a fatal collision, but the two brothers say they think there is more to it.
"They say your father is your coach. He was our coach all our lives, baseball, basketball, little league. He was involved in our lives so much."
The family is asking anyone with information to come forward.


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