Two seniors were struck and killed while attempting to cross a street in separate incidents late Wednesday night, just blocks apart in south Brooklyn, police said.
The first incident, a hit-and-run, occurred just after 7 p.m. near Cropsey Avenue and Bay 35th Street. The victim, 66-year-old Sofiya Ostrovskaya, was attempting to cross Cropsey Avenue when a dark colored sedan hit and tossed her into the air, cops said. When police arrived at the scene, they found Ostrovskaya badly injured.
She was later pronounced dead at NYU Lutheran Medical Center. The driver who struck her fled the scene.
In a separate incident around 10:00 p.m. near Bay Parkway and 86th Street, 61-year-old John Saldiran was struck by a car while attempting to cross the street, police said. Saldiran, who was outside of his home when he was hit, was later pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.
The driver of the car, 22-year-old Naghman Mehdi, of Brooklyn remained at the scene and was taken into custody by police. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operator.
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