The suspected driver involved in a hit-and-run on Friday-resulting in the death of an elderly pedestrian-has been arrested.
At approximately 9:37 AM on June 23rd, emergency services from the Yonkers Police Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Executive Boulevard and Nepperhan Avenue. Upon arrival, first responders found an unresponsive elderly male victim with severe blunt force trauma. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital but tragically succumbed to his injuries.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the victim, identified as 78-year-old Azhar Jamil Said, was crossing Executive Boulevard from north to south at Truman Avenue when he was struck by a red Jeep Grand Cherokee with Florida license plates traveling east on Executive Boulevard. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene before authorities arrived. Several witnesses who were commuting at the time of the incident provided crucial information about the accident.
Utilizing advanced technology, the AWARE Crime Control Center quickly identified the suspect vehicle. The YPD’s Major Case Squad, Crime Scene Unit, and Traffic Unit worked diligently, conducting interviews, collecting forensic evidence, and reconstructing the accident scene. Within 28 hours, the red Jeep, determined to be a rental, was located. Investigators identified the driver at the time of the accident as 24-year-old Joseph Dimitri Delgado, a Yonkers resident.
Yesterday afternoon, Delgado was apprehended at a hotel in the Village of Elmsford and taken into custody. He has been charged with one count of Operator Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, a Class D Felony under the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law. Delgado’s driving privileges in the state were already suspended due to prior violations, and he is currently being held at the Yonkers City Jail, awaiting tomorrow’s arraignment. The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case.