3 busted in hit-and-run that killed DOC worker outside Yankee Stadium – New York Post

3 busted in hit-and-run that killed DOC worker outside Yankee Stadium - New York Post

The three suspects involved in the hit-and-run crash that killed a city Department of Corrections worker outside Yankee Stadium have turned themselves in to authorities, police said Friday.

Carlos Hernandez, 24, was behind the wheel of the BMW X6 that struck 69-year-old Cathy Garcia’s Mitsubishi Outlander at the intersection of River Avenue and East 161st Street in Concourse around 5:15 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.

Edwin Amparo, 29, was in the front seat and Atahualda Rodriguez, 28, was the back passenger, cops said.

Hernandez was charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

Cathy Garcia, 69, was driving a Mitsubishi Outlander south on River Avenue when a BMW X6, heading west on East 161st Street in Concourse, struck her vehicle.
Cathy Garcia, 69, was driving a Mitsubishi Outlander south on River Avenue when a BMW X6, heading west on East 161st Street in Concourse, struck her vehicle.
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Amparo and Rodriguez were both charged with criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools, authorities said.

None of them have criminal records, according to police.

Garcia — who has worked in the Applied Investigations Unit for the city’s Department of Corrections since 2018 — was on his way to work and just a block from his home when the fatal wreck occurred.

Victim Cathy Garcia worked in the Application Investigation Unit for the city Department of Correction, and was the matriarch of her family.
Victim Cathy Garcia worked in the Application Investigation Unit for the city Department of Correction, and was the matriarch of her family.
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“We are saddened to learn that a member of our DOC family was tragically taken from us on Thursday while on his way to work,” Department of Corrections Commissioner Louis Molina said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Garcia’s loved ones as we mourn the loss of our colleague.”

Garcia helped new hires in the agency’s medical department, according to her son-in-law Jamel Wright.

She was also the matriarch of her family, Wright said.

“It’s devastating to get a call that the person you really love and admire and respect is, you know, the leader of our families. [was] killed in a horrible car accident and then people ran away,” Wright said.

Twelve stolen catalytic converters were found in the trunk of the BMW, police said.
Twelve stolen catalytic converters were found in the trunk of the BMW, police said.
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“[She was] a wonderful woman, … the life of the party, a great grandmother, a great friend.”

The BMW driver and passengers allegedly left 12 stolen catalytic converters in the trunk of the BMW, police said.

Photos from the scene show some of the devices in the street as police investigated the taped scene.

Catalytic converter thefts have accelerated by a whopping 269 percent across the city so far this year, new data shows.

“I mean it seems like crime is rampant [in the city] right now,” Wright said. “Hopefully, Mayor Adams has a real plan.”

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