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Three Small Pieces of Plastic Lead Police to Hit-and-Run Driver

Three small pieces of plastic, none larger than a smart phone, were enough for authorities to track down a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene of a fatal crash in December.

Senior Investigator Attributes Arrest to Diligence, Determination, and Long Hours

According to reports, the fatal incident occurred in Harrison, New York at the end of December when tow-truck driver Salvatore Brescia, 32, was struck on Interstate 95 has he loaded a broken-down car onto his flatbed. The driver fled the scene without contacting authorities.

When authorities arrived to the scene, they found little evidence other than three plastic pieces from the suspect’s passenger-side rear-view mirror – and while there were no markings to identify the make or model of the vehicle, police did note a number that identified the type of plastic used.

Police research concluded that the plastic was used in GMC and Isuzu vehicles. With that knowledge, police gathered lists from dozens of dealers and garages, and began what could best be described as a door-to-door effort to identify the driver.

Eventually, their search led them to a garage in Glendale, Queens where they identified and arrested Anthony Mangano, 51. Mengano has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and is due back in court May 16.

National Traffic Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2015. This marks a 7.2-percent increase from the 32,744 deaths reported in 2014.
  • Of those killed in auto accidents in 2015:
    • 22,441 were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 5,376 were pedestrians
    • 4,976 were motorcyclists(operators and passengers)
    • 818 were pedalcyclists
    • 667 were occupants of large trucks
    • 227 were listed as other or as unknown
  • An additional 2,443,000 people were injured in auto accidents in 2015.



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