Update: The victim was identified as Sau Ying Lee, 90. Though NYPD said Lee had the right of way, according to Lee’s son no charges were filed against the driver by NYPD or Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.
NYPD has filed no charges against a driver who killed a senior in Chinatown this morning.
The victim, believed to be in her 70s, was crossing Canal Street at Elizabeth Street at approximately 4 a.m., when the motorist hit her with a Jeep SUV, according to NYPD and published reports. Based on media accounts and information provided by police, it appears the victim was crossing Canal south to north and was struck when the driver, westbound on Canal, accelerated when the signal changed.
From the Daily News:
“I didn’t see her, she was very small,” said the 64-year-old driver, who was heading west on Canal St. but immediately stopped the car after the collision.
The man, who did not give his name, was in shock when he realized what had happened. “My heart, it’s pounding.”
Armando Noreles, 43, was stopped at the red light in his delivery truck beside the Jeep moments before the SUV slammed into the woman.
“We were waiting at the red light. When the light changed he started driving, and he didn’t see the lady and he just hit the lady.”
NYPD has not released the victim’s identity, pending family notification. She died at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. “We saw her every day, every morning,” Norales told the Daily News. “She was so cute. Early in the morning, she tried to get money collecting cans.”
As of this morning, an NYPD spokesperson said there was “no criminality.” Police had no information on who had the right of way, and said the Collision Investigation Squad was still working the crash.