The car that hit and critically injured two cyclists in Brooklyn last month has been identified, and an investigation of the crash is ongoing, according to a spokesperson for the New York Police Department.
Michelle Matson and her boyfriend James Paz were struck and critically injured by a hit-and-run driver on October 23, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The car was found on Banker Street, near Wythe, an industrial area of Greenpoint, and was said to have sustained damage from a crash, said Paz, who has been released from the hospital.
The driver left the scene of the accident, but an anonymous caller to the police emergency hotline, 911, identified the license plate and a description of the car, but not of the driver.
The owner of the car was interviewed by police and was said to have denied driving the car during the hours of the incident, and to not know where the keys to the car were during that time.
A spokesperson for the police department confirmed that although they do not have a positive identification of the driver linking them to the accident, they do have a positive ID of the car and its owner.
Allegedly the driver is said to have told police that he or she does not know what happened to the car during the time of the accident, at about 12:20 A.M. NYPD could not confirm nor deny this information but Det. Brian Sessa of the Department of Public Information confirmed the investigation was ongoing.
“If we can’t prove that the driver was driving the car at the time of the accident, we can’t arrest him,” said Sessa. Either a positive identification by a bystander, or probable cause could be grounds for an arrest, he added.
However, the car was damaged, and appeared to have been in an accident with the cyclists, confirmed Paz.
A poster of Paz’s girlfriend, Michelle Matson has been circulating through Facebook in a virtual version of the “Wanted” posters of America’s Wild West pioneering years. Paz is also continuing a street-based hunt for the driver by plastering posters along Manhattan Ave., and near the scene of the accident.
“There were a lot of people on the nearby sidewalks when the accident happened,” said Paz. “We are hoping these posters will reach one of them who may have seen something more.”
Matson suffered a fractured skull, collarbone and bone fractures in her leg, and was hospitalized for over a month.
Paz sustained four broken ribs and a broken nose.