2 Dead, 1 Critically Hurt in Separate Bronx Hit-Run Accidents

The driver was quickly apprehended after striking an EMS vehicle responding to the accident

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    Police say two men are dead and another is critically injured after two hit-and-run accidents in the Bronx.

    The first accident happened at 11:20 p.m. Friday. Eighteen-old David Ellis -- a football star at Jamaica High School in Queens -- was struck from behind by a Nissan Maxima while he was riding a bicycle on Webster Avenue. Police say the teen was thrown into traffic and hit by a second car. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. The Nissan driver fled and is being sought.

    "My heart is heavy," said Ellis' godmother, Jacquelyne Morris. "I don't believe he's gone."

    Morris said she went to the hospital with Ellis' mother, who was distraught after learning that her son, the youngest of four children, had been killed.

    "That's her baby, and all she wanted to do was bring him home."

    An hour after Ellis' accident, two pedestrians were struck while crossing the Grand Concourse. A 42-year-old man, Juan Rivera-Quintana, was pronounced dead. Another 34-year-old man is in critical condition, police said.

    A witness told NBC 4 New York that the driver of the car that struck them didn't stop.

    "The guy in the red went high, flipping, flipping and came down," Lamont Johnson said. "It looked like he was dead."

    Police say the driver, 37-year-old Richard Haberman, kept going and struck an EMS vehicle responding to the accident. He was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. 

    It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.

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