Family in mourning after loved one fatally struck by car in Concourse Village hit-and-run

The incident took place at around 5:20 am. at East 163rd Street and Grand Concourse.

Shakti Denis, Heather Fordham and

News 12 Staff

Apr 12, 2024, 11:42 AM

Updated 36 days ago


The family of a woman who was struck and killed in a Concourse Village hit-and-run on Friday is in mourning and searching for answers.
The victim has been identified as 75-year-old Martina Sanchez. Authorities say Sanchez was fatally struck by a car Friday morning at the intersection of Grand Concourse and East 163rd Street at around 5:20 a.m. Police say the driver fled the scene.
Sanchez's family says that the fatal incident took place outside of her home, and they didn't find out until hours later that it was their beloved family member.
"Why did you leave her? She had a family... she was a lovely person," said Juana Sanchez, sister of Martina Sanchez. "We don't know how we are going to accept this hit."
According to the Department of Transportation, the section of the Grand Concourse where the hit-and-run took place was a part of their Vision Zero priority corridors where pedestrian islands, sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes were installed to make the area safer.
"The intersection at Grand Concourse and 161st, they rarely stop there, either they don't see the light and they speed through, or they stop slowly and continue through," said witness Kenneth Edwards who witnessed the scene unfold from his apartment window.
Neighbors in the building where Martina Sanchez lived have set up a memorial in her honor in the lobby.
No arrests have been made at this time.

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