Author: Julie Fidler/Tue, Dec 23, 2014/Categories: Blog

Hit_and_Run_Driver_in_North AmityvillePolice are on the hunt for a hit-and-run driver who struck and injured a 24-year-old man in North Amityville on Sunday.

Suffolk County Police told Newsday the man was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with head lacerations. His condition was unknown.

Last week a Manhattan man pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing him of running over a North Amityville man with his own car the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in November.  Edwin Gutierrez, 48, is facing second-degree murder charges in the death of 69-year-old Dionel Ramirez. Ramirez was on his way to work when he stopped to pick up day-old baked goods to feed homeless people on November 28. When he went inside the store, he left the motor running and the driver’s side door open. Gutierrez allegedly jumped into Ramirez’s Hyundai Tucson while Ramirez was inside the 7-Eleven. When Ramirez realized what was going on, he ran out and stood in front of the car. Assistant District Attorney Robert Biancavilla told Newsday Gutierrez then slammed his foot on the gas. The crime was caught on the convenience store’s surveillance video.

“Mr. Gutierrez essentially stood on the gas and ran Mr. Ramirez down,” Biancavilla said.

Ramirez sped away after the alleged assault and the Hyundai was later found abandoned nearby.

Gutierrez was arrested and held without bail. He has a conviction for a carjacking from a decade ago. Gutierrez’s attorney said there were “extenuating circumstances” for his client’s behavior on that day, but did not elaborate on what that meant, Newsday reported.

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