Search For Hit-And-Run Driver Who Killed Brooklyn Father Continues
The 30-year-old victim has been identified as Kassim Matthews, a Crown Heights resident and father of three. He was struck by a sedan driver early Sunday morning on Albany Avenue near Park Place, just outside his home, police said.
Matthews was reportedly found unconscious at the scene and pronounced dead at Interfaith Medical Center. On Tuesday, police classified the incident as a homicide. A suspect has not yet been identified.
Security camera footage from the incident obtained by NBC News shows the vehicle speeding down the street, and causing additional damage to several parked cars. Matthews shoes could be seen scattered across the roadway. Witnesses say that he was dragged by the sedan driver before the motorist sped off.
Local residents mourned the loss on Monday, with one neighbor telling the outlet that Matthews was “really admired,” describing him as a “very peaceful, quiet person” and an “excellent father.”
Another witness told the Daily News that the city should install a speed bump or a traffic light at the intersection, noting the abundance of young children in the area.
Between January and the end of August, at least 153 people have been killed in New York City’s streets, including 70 pedestrians, according to Crash Mapper. Total traffic fatalities have increased more than 20 percent compared to this time last year.