A Queens man has been charged with leaving a fatally wounded grandmother on the street after running her over in a crosswalk outside the Brooklyn Naval Shipyard last November, the Brooklyn district attorney announced Thursday.
Daniel Buckley, who worked in the yard as a rotary truck operator for the hit television show “The Blacklist,” was behind the wheel of his 2005 GMC Envoy on November 28, 2022, when he drove into oncoming traffic while exiting from work. authorities said.
The vehicle driven by the 67-year-old man made an illegal turn to avoid a collision and crashed into 59-year-old Leah Kohn, who died three weeks after being struck by the car.
“Instead of stopping to call an ambulance or offer help, this defendant mercilessly left the scene after he fatally struck a beloved grandmother and a beloved community member,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
“After a thorough investigation, we will now seek to hold the defendant accountable for his dangerous and criminal conduct.”
According to González, the defendant left the place around 5:45 p.m. Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Surveillance video captured his vehicle accelerating without stopping when the bleeding victim was left lying on the pavement, Gonzalez said, adding that Kohn had the right-of-way.
The woman died on December 17, 2022, after suffering complications from blunt force trauma to the head, the prosecutor said.
Buckley, who is due back in court May 19, was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident without reporting, reckless endangerment and other charges.
He is currently out on bail and faces five to 15 years behind bars if convicted of the charges.