A woman is in custody and being questioned about a March 27 road accident in Brooklyn, involving a Dodge Challenger that sent a pedestrian flying more than 9 feet across the street.
Julia Litmonovich, 49, of Staten Island is accused of driving the American muscle car that collided with Xin Yi Wang, 14, at the intersection of 47 Street and 9th Avenue in Borough Park.
Police detained the suspect at her home on April 10 within hours of identifying her as the suspect but had to move her again from Brooklyn’s 66th Precinct in Borough Park to a nearby Maimonides Medical Center. Authorities provided no reason for the treatment and the woman’s face appeared to be pale with an oxygen tube inserted in her nose according to the New York Daily News.
“This is kind of a little shock,” neighbor Vincent Capri, 56, said after watching the arrest.
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) April 11, 2019
The New York Police Department (NYPD) claims the suspect ran a red light on 47 Street at about 4 p.m. local time on March 27. The Challenger with Georgia license plates is believed to have crashed into Wang while she was making her way along the crosswalk.
“The female driver exited her vehicle to check on the victim but fled the scene when a witness called 911,” NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn North said in a Facebook post dated April 9. “The victim was transported to Maimonides Hospital with bruising to her torso and legs.”
March 27, 2019 at 1600 hours an unidentified female was driving a black Dodge Challenger on 47 Street and struck a 14 year-old female, who was crossing 47 Street at 9th Avenue. The female driver exited her vehicle to check on the victim but fled the scene when a witness called 911. The victim was transported to Maimonides Hospital with bruising to her torso and legs. The individual is described as white female, 35-40 years-old, medium-heavy set with brown hair. She was last seen driving a black Dodge Challenger with Georgia license plates.Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
Posted by NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn North on Tuesday, April 9, 2019
NYPD initially described the suspect as a white female, between 35 and 40 years old, 5 feet 6 inches, 160 pounds, medium-heavy set with brown hair.
Julia Litmonovich, 49, has brown hair and is described as being 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighting about 160 pounds, the NYPD said https://t.co/lbA62Av2Lc
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) April 10, 2019
Police said the woman’s record sheet of arrests and prosecutions shows she was already arrested 30 times, including once for leaving the scene of an accident where she rear-ended another car on Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island back in the year 2007.
EXCLUSIVE arrest video:
Suspect in crash that sent Brooklyn teen hurtling into traffic has 30 prior arrests — including previous hit-and-run
See cops arrest the driver of a black Dodge Challenger that ran a red light and plowed into a teen.https://t.co/uipvcJ8L6G
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 10, 2019
WANTED: police sources say Julia Litmonovich has been arrested in #NYC more than 20 times including for leaving an accident scene in 2007. She’s now wanted for leaving scene of a separate accident days ago after crashing into a 14yo as teen crossed street in Brooklyn @NBCNewYork pic.twitter.com/7JevXgf8OY
— Marc Santia (@MarcSantia4NY) April 10, 2019
At the time, the woman allegedly phoned the other driver to ask her to take the blame for the accident, threatening that she had two pit bulls “for safety.” In the end, Litmonovich plead guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a one-year probation, according to the Staten Island district attorney’s office.
In the latest accident, Wang was fortunate enough to be able to avoid oncoming traffic and even stood up afterwards. Wang said that suspect exited the car to hug her in relief and even offer her a ride home, but she refused.
“I thought to myself, if she was able to hurt me this much and do something that dangerous what else would she do?” Wang said. “So I said no and got out of there. It’s why I got up so fast, I was scared. It was an extremely bad experience.”
The driver returned to her vehicle and told a bystander who was calling the police that she was going to park the car, but she sped off before officers arrived on the scene.
After the incident, Wang said she now fears crossing the street, experiences challenges in concentrating on her studies, and still suffers from severe bruising to her hip.
“At first I thought, ‘Oh my God, did I do something wrong? Did I cross at the wrong time?’ I was so shocked,” she said, according to the Daily News. “But then I realized she’s the one who did something wrong.”
— Cellino & Barnes (@Cellino_Barnes) April 8, 2019
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline by phoning 1 800 577 8477 or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com