Bust for death after hit & run
A car service driver hit an 60-year-old woman and kept going — leaving her with such severe injuries she died from an unstoppable infection more than a month later, prosecutors said at the start of the driver’s trial Friday.
Robert Schuman, 65, a driver for Via, is on trial in Manhattan Supreme Court for manslaughter, assault and leaving the scene of an accident near the Queens Midtown Tunnel around 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2016.
“She gets hit straight on,” Assistant District Attorney Michael McIntosh said of victim Engracia Cruz in Manhattan Supreme Court. “He left her there, but before he left, he dragged her for a block-and-a-half.”
McIntosh described how Cruz’s skin was torn from the tissue under it after being dragged more than a block by Schuman’s Toyota van at E. 38th St. and the Midtown Tunnel approach.
Doctors amputated Cruz’s arm to control an infection from the injury, he said. But she died Dec. 5, 2016.
Lawyer Patrick Brackley argued Schuman didn’t know he struck Cruz and she was dragged because she was caught in the undercarriage as he was making a turn.
He said Schuman was trapped at a “nightmare” intersection with a shutdown entrance to the tunnel as Cruz neared his vehicle.
“She never gets run over… she bends down at the moment the car straightens out and is no longer in view. The evidence will show that woman was not run over by his car,” he added.
Schuman faces up to 15 years behind bars.