Family mourns as NYPD seeks Bronx hit-and-run Mercedes driver who killed hardworking immigrant chef — 20% spike in NYC hit-and-runs

A hardworking Mexican immigrant, 28 years after settling in New York to earn money for his struggling family across the border, is going home in a casket.

Longtime local chef Alfonso Carrizo Suarez, known as “Poncho,” was fatally struck Saturday by a hit-and-run Mercedes driver as he walked home after a late-night shift in the Bronx. Police are still hunting for the callous driver. 

Carrizo Suarez, 43, was crossing Broadway near W. 262nd St. around 4:30 a.m. when a white Mercedes-Benz slammed into him and sped off into the night, police said. The victim, struck in the middle of the block, died at the scene. The driver zoomed off north on Broadway. 

Overall, the city has seen a 20% spike in hit-and-run crashes, fatal and nonfatal, this year compared with last year, NYPD Transportation Chief Kim Royster said Tuesday.  Picture of Carrizo Suarez (above) courtesy of GoFundMe. 

Source: NY Daily News