Police sources say a driver involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed an elderly woman in Bath Beach, Brooklyn on Saturday morning has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and other charges.
Mario Vasquez, a 52-year-old Brooklyn resident, will also face charges of reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of crime with a fatality, unauthorized use of a vehicle, driving a motor vehicle without a license and driving while intoxicated, according to police sources.
Maria Prikul, 80, and another woman were walking near Bath Avenue and 18th Avenue at around 10:15 a.m. Saturday when they were struck by a Chevy van, according to police.
The van kept on going and eyewitnesses say Prikul was dragged an entire block.
The driver was apprehended by neighbors a few blocks away.
"She was underneath the minivan and the front right tire. The van pushed her one block, from 18th Avenue to Bay 17th," said an eyewitness.
Prikul was transported to Lutheran Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The other woman was hospitalized with an injured foot, but was expected to be okay.