Hit and run driver found and arrested for fatal Staten Island crash
Hasim Smith was arrested in relation to a single car accident that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Alize Jorge, according to the New York Daily News on July 27. A mangled Mitsubishi was found with Jorge in the trunk after the driver fled the scene. Smith later went to a local hospital complaining of chest pains and was arrested.
Police officials claim that Smith ran a red light and wrapped the vehicle around a light pole before fleeing the accident. Smith claims he was swerving to avoid another vehicle when he struck the light pole. There is no indication of alcohol influencing the accident.
His driving history has been riddled with reckless driving habits, including nine suspensions that resulted in the revocation of his license in October 2013. Smith previously was charged for two separate instances of hit and run.
A friend of Jorge’s was also present at the time of the crash. Porsha Richardson was ejected from the vehicle upon impact and taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Mayor de Blasio is using the incident to spotlight the Vision Zero initiative and crack down on reckless driving. The NYPD reports 127 individuals as victims of auto accidents in the past year.