Arrest in Kings Plaza hit-and-run

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Cops cuffed a 25-year-old Flatbush man who allegedly hit two Flatlands residents with an unlicensed livery vehicle — killing one — near Kings Plaza in August.

Police picked up the alleged perp for an unrelated traffic violation on Troy Avenue near Rutland Road at 7:50 am on Feb. 8. They took him into custody and charged him for driving without a license and an equipment violation, but when detectives questioned him, he ’fessed up to hitting the couple back in August and then fleeing the scene, officials said.

Victim Angel Sagardia was traversing Flatbush Avenue towards Kings Plaza with his wife Samantha on Aug. 12 when the suspect allegedly struck them both with a van and then took off, according to police. The victims were not in the crosswalk, officials said.

Both were taken to Kings County Hospital — 47-year-old Angel succumbed to his injuries and 50-year-old Samantha was in the hospital for about one month with brain trauma, officials said.

The suspect told cops he fled because he was driving his father’s car without permission, authorities said.

Prosecutors charged the suspect with leaving the scene of an accident which resulted in serious physical injuries or death, according to the District Attorney’s office.

The suspect has copped to driving without a license at least three times, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Lawmakers are trying to crack down on commuter vans that illegally operate without a license from the Taxi and Limousine Commission, which ensures they are insured and have a safe record. A new proposal would allow officials to seize and auction off vans whose drivers are busted twice for illegal operation.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

Posted 12:00 am, February 20, 2017
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barbara wagner from marine park says:
get these illegal drivers off the road and get these vans off also, so unsafe, they make traveling down Flatbush ave a hazard with their horn blowing and weaving in and out of traffic just to pick up a fare. Take a regular city bus, you will be safer and look at these two innocent people, Flatbush ave is terrible to travel down
Feb. 20, 2017, 10:20 am
Rich yanno from Marine Park says:
The guy who hit an ran over the couple killing the husband was finally cauaght should get jail time for manslaughter. Then their should be no more vans driving people down Flatbush it is so unsaid an is taking money away from the city..
Feb. 21, 2017, 2:20 pm
concerened from Kings Plaza says:
These vans hit 5 cars on my block this summer alone ,they also hit a child a few years back . All vans MUST GO. They are now trucks not vans most with out of state license plates. They go through traffic lights, stop signs and come up one way streets. They speed recklessly down residential streets. How many more people need to be killed or injured to rid our streets of these thugs.
Feb. 21, 2017, 8:45 pm

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