‘My Friend Is Dead in the Street': Hit-Run Driver Kills 2 in Brooklyn

Two men were struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn early Monday less than an hour after enjoying a night out at a local restaurant with friends, according to police and witnesses.

The men were walking at the intersection of Fulton and Chestnut streets in Cypress Hills when they were struck by a speeding Acura TL sedan traveling eastbound on Fulton Street, according to police.

The Acura also smashed into two parked cars when it hit the men under the elevated J line track around 12:11 a.m. The driver of the car got out and took off on foot, police said.

Police identified 41-year-old Delmer Maldonado and 56-year-old Israel Turcios as the two victims. Maldonado was pronounced dead at the scene. Turcios was taken to Brookdale Hospital but did not survive.

Police were investigating through the overnight hours, with crime scene tape tied up across Fulton Street. A body was wrapped in a white sheet near a baseball cap on the road. A woman was comforted by others as she cried nearby. 

Friends and family of the men were still at the scene hours later, hugging, crying and consoling one another. Friends say they were all out at a local restaurant just 30 minutes before the crash. 

"Somebody called me before. 'My friend is dead in the street,'" Wilmer Tuscio said. "I see my friend die on the floor." 

No arrests have been made. Police said an investigation by the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing.

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