Father calls for justice following Bronx hit-and-run
A young father says he and his daughter were the victims of a hit-and-run in the Bronx this past weekend.
Brandon Vega, a Manhattan resident, was in the Bronx on Easter Sunday to drop his 2-year-old daughter off at her grandmother's house. That normal trip turned into a life-or-death moment for Vega and his young daughter.
Vega says he was driving down Lacombe Avenue around 4:45 p.m. Sunday when another driver on Soundview Avenue ran a red light and crashed into Vega, with his younger daughter strapped in the back seat.
Vega was able to get surveillance video from that day, showing Vega's car spinning out and billowing smoke. The other driver barely slows down before taking off from the scene.
City data shows that traffic deaths were down in 2022 for the first time in three years, but Transportation Alternatives found that last year more children were killed in crashes than any other year since 2014.
Vega and his daughter were not harmed, but he says that he is now worried to get behind the wheel.
The NYPD says there were 178 hit-and-runs in the 43rd Precinct that injured someone but that only five arrests were made.