Oscar Nieves struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on a crosswalk in Manhattan’s East Harlem

A 62-year-old Latino man was walking and was struck by the driver of a gray SUV that fled in a crosswalk in East Harlem. It was part of a spate of three fatalities in four hours in NYC.

Oscar Nieves died at the age of 62 when he was walking and was struck by the driver of a gray SUV hit-and-run in a crosswalk in East Harlem, Manhattan (NYC).

Nieves was crossing Third Ave. in the crosswalk at E. 122nd St., very close to his home in Taino Towers, when he was hit around 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, NYPD said.

Medics rushed him to Harlem Hospital, where he died, the Daily News detailed. He was the first of three men to be killed Wednesday night in NYC in a span of just four hours.

Two of the drivers involved in those three fatalities fled and have not been apprehended. Anyone with information should call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), also via crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.

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