A Harlem man who police believe mowed down a woman on the Upper East Side just before Christmas last year was arrested Friday and charged with her hit-and-run death.
Shevon Cintron, 40, was crossing Third Ave. at East 96th St. on Dec. 8, just after 6 p.m. when Donovan Stewart, 23, heading uptown, clipped her in the crosswalk, sending her into the path of an MTA bus also heading north, according to the NYPD Accident Investigation Squad.
The bus driver stopped after the crash, but Stewart, who lives on Fifth Ave. near 125th St., kept driving in his dark-colored sedan, police say.
Emergency medical workers who responded to the scene found Cintron’s broken body in the roadway and took her to Mt. Sinai Morningside Hospital where she was declared dead.
A friend of Cintron, Hazel Miura, a member of Community Board 11 and director of housing and development at the Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation, said she had know the victim since she was a child.
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“She was a beautiful girl — very outgoing,” Muira said. “She was a bit of a tomboy, that’s why I gravitated toward her.”
She said that life had not been easy for Cintron. Her last known address was a homeless shelter in Midtown.
“She hasn’t had an easy life,” Miura said. “She went through a lot. This should have never happened to her. It should have never happened to anyone, but this poor girl had been through so much. It’s a tragedy.”
She said that she thought that she was getting her life back together.
“The fact that she was living in a shelter means that she was trying to get the help that she needed,” Miura said. “I don’t know why she didn’t come to me. That’s what I do. Housing.”
Police could not say how they caught up to Stewart three months after that fatal crash, but he was arrested on Friday and charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
His arraignment was pending on Saturday.
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