Published on July 26th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Unlicensed livery driver arrested for vehicular assault
An unlicensed livery driver ran over a Katz’s Delicatessen security guard in The Bronx yesterday and then fled, police and the victim’s family said.
Javon Elliott, 19, was on Baychester Avenue in Co-Op City when driver Derek Maida, 37, smashed into the teen at around 3:20 a.m., police said.
Maida fled, only to return at 6 a.m. with a brand-new windshield on his battered Ford sedan, police said.
“It’s crazy because the person who hit him said that he thought he hit debris, so he just kept driving,” said the victim’s twin brother, Jamal Elliot.
“But then he replaced his windshield and came back. It’s ridiculous. How do you hit somebody and not see if he’s all right? People are so cruel.”
The victim was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition, where doctors told Jamal that the teen had lost a leg but would likely recover.
“All we know now is he lost his leg from his knee down,” Jamal said.
“He can still walk. He’ll just need a prosthetic.”
Maida, who was driving a Co-Op City Cars sedan, was arrested on charges of vehicular assault, tampering with physical evidence, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failing to yield to a pedestrian, police said.
The livery-cab company could not be reached for comment.
Javon Elliott, who spent more than six hours in surgery yesterday morning, had been working at the Lower East Side deli to save up for school.
“He is kind to people – talks to everyone, smiling all the time,” said Corvan Besir, a friend and fellow security officer.
“He was just standing here telling me about this party in Brooklyn he was going to last night.”
Source: nypost.com “Unlicensed livery driver arrested for vehicular assault,” July 26, 2013.