Speeding Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Two Men on Fulton Street in Cypress Hills

Delman Maldonado and Israel Turcios were killed early this morning outside El Faro restaurant under the J Train tracks in Cypress Hills. Photo: Google Maps
A driver struck and killed Delmer Maldonado and Israel Turcios shortly after midnight today outside El Faro restaurant under the J train tracks in Cypress Hills. Photo: Google Maps

A speeding hit-and-run driver killed two men on Fulton Street in Cypress Hills early this morning as they walked home from a night out with friends and family.

[Update: The driver in this crash was identified as Efrin Lanfranco-Perez, 21. Lanfranco-Perez was arrested and charged with leaving the scene and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was not charged for the act of killing two people.]

Just after midnight, the driver of an Acura TL sedan was traveling eastbound on Fulton Street “at a high rate of speed,” according to NYPD, when he struck Delmer Maldonado, 41, and Israel Turcios, 56, near Chestnut Street, an unsignalized intersection. The driver then hit two parked cars and fled on foot.

NYPD says an investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been made at this time.

The two men had just left a nearby bar owned by Turcios’ brother, according to CBS New York. Maldonado was dead by the time medical services arrived. Turcios was rushed to Brookdale Hospital in critical condition and did not survive.

This morning’s crash occurred in the 75th Precinct and in the City Council district represented by Rafael Espinal. If you would like to share your concerns to the NYPD about pedestrian safety in the neighborhood, the 75th Precinct’s community council meets this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the precinct house, located at 1000 Sutter Avenue.


The Weekly Carnage

The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle violence across the five boroughs and beyond. For more on the origins and purpose of this column, please read About the Weekly Carnage. Fatal Crashes (5 Killed This Week; 119 This Year; 9 Drivers Charged*) Brookville: Jose Padilla-Argueta, 35, Killed in Hit-and-Run; Body May Have Been Dumped […]
Image: DOT

DOT Proposes Safer Walking and Biking Connections to Highland Park

A dangerous street that connects Glendale to Ridgewood Reservoir, Highland Park, and two cemeteries is in line for traffic-calming and safer bike lanes thanks to a request from the local police precinct. Cypress Hills Street has a divided median and highway-like curves that do little to prevent motorists from speeding - it's an obstacle to good walking and biking access, despite its buffered bike lanes.