Two pedestrians were killed in car accidents in the New York area over the weekend.
NYPD detectives are investigating whether a New York City fireman was driving a sport utility vehicle that struck and killed a 25-year-old pedestrian in Brooklyn (NYC) Sunday morning of October 10, 2010. Manuel Tzajguachiac was struck by a BMW SUV as he walked near the corner of 65th Street and 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He was reportedly transported to Lutheran Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The SUV was later found abandoned on East 9th Street in Midwood, Brooklyn. A source within the NYFD reported that Pat Quagliariello, 39 years old, walked into the 62nd Precinct at about 4:00 a.m. and identified himself as the owner of the vehicle and informed police he was retaining a lawyer. He was reportedly released as police continued to investigate the accident.
In the second accident, Dario Digiano, 21, of Belleville, N.J., was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital after he was hit by a small delivery truck while walking on Morton Street near West Street in Lower Manhattan. Detectives were searching for the truck and its driver after the accident. No arrests have been made.
Fireman Probed in Brooklyn Car Death, Wall Street Journal, Tamer El- Ghobashy, October 11, 2010.