Hero Chases Down Hit-and-Run Driver

High-speed chase through the Bronx ends in arrest

By Glenn Zimmerman
|  Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009  |  Updated 7:24 AM EDT
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Tow Truck Driver Hunts Down Hit-and-Run Suspect

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Tow-truck driver Pete Dinome tore through the streets of the Bronx to nab a hit-and-run driver.

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Tow Truck Driver Hunts Down Hit-and-Run Suspect

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An accused hit-and-run driver is under arrest, thanks to a quick-thinking Good Samaritan in the Bronx.

Tow-truck driver Pete Dinome says he saw a car plow into a pedestrian at Bruckner Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue. Rather than turn a blind eye to the injustice, Dinome went after the suspect's car.

The chase went on for several miles, he said -- down one-way streets the wrong way, through red lights and across a grassy median. Some people may have hailed Dinome as a hero; others may have been concerned he engaged in a high-speed chase and considered his action's unsafe. Whatever the case, Dinome got the suspect caught.  

Eventually, cops came and arrested the 45-year-old hit-and-run driver, Michael Fennell.

"The pedestrian was crossing the street.  He had the rightaway," Dinome said.  "I'm not going to be able to sleep for a few days after this."

Dinome eventually pulled the driver from the car at a red light. 

"He goes, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry,' crying. He wouldn't stop crying," said Dinome. "I told him, I says, 'Do you realize what you just did?'"

Meanwhile, the person Fennell ran over, a 40-year-old man, is in serious condition at Jacobi Medical Center, authorities said.

Fennell will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury.

This is the second hit-and-run accident along Bruckner Boulevard in 48 hours. Yesterday, a man was killed near Longwood Avenue and the suspect is still on the loose.

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