Bust for death af­ter hit & run

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY SHAYNA JA­COBS

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.

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