An 18-year-old skateboarder died at the hospital after a hit-and-run accident Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn, police say.
The victim, Alejandro Tello of Brooklyn, was struck around 4 p.m. by a white BMW SUV that was turning left from Tenth Avenue onto Avenue T. Tello lived just a few blocks away from where he was hit.
Tello, who was riding a skateboard, came speeding into the intersection at the same time the car was making its turn and collided.
"Not good at all," witness Rose Markowitz said. "There was blood all over his head."
Soon after Tello was hit, witnesses and onlookers came rushing in to help, but he was badly injured.
Tello was taken to Maimonides Medical Center, where he died just after midnight.
Police said the BMW fled the scene immediately after the accident.
Surveillance video from the scene shows Tello crossing an intersection before being struck and run over by the SUV that was turning.
Police are now looking for the driver of the SUV, which was found unoccupied on Bay 14th Street sometime around 3 a.m, according to police.
Despite his grief, Tello's father says he forgives the runaway driver.
"God knows what he has for him. We know from going through these situations it's going to be a lot of pain in my heart but I wish the best for him," Benjamin Tello said Monday.
Neighbors said the intersection is accident-prone because people don't pay attention.
"I drive and I'm very careful," Markowitz said. "I hesitate to go on because people speed."
Tello's father says his son was just learning to drive, and he'd warned the teen to be patient when making turns while driving.
"My son, he was one of the best. I know God has him already," said Benjamin Tello.