Police search for driver in hit and run that killed teen skateboarder in Brooklyn

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Lucy Yang speaks to the victim's family in Gravesend.

Police say they have located the vehicle involved in a hit and run accident that killed an 18-year-old in Brooklyn, but continue to hunt for the driver.

The vehicle was found parked and unoccupied on Bay 14th Street in the Bath Beach section.

On Sunday afternoon, the driver of a white BMW X5 made a right turn from West 10th Street in Gravesend onto Avenue T.

At the same time the victim, Alejandro Tello, was coming down the block on his skateboard.

The two collided at the intersection, and eyewitnesses said the driver of the BMW drove over Alejandro and kept going, leaving the teen in the middle of the intersection bleeding and unresponsive.

He was taken to Maimonides Hospital in critical condition and died overnight.

"I think he could have survived if he had stopped and hadn't sped up," said Benjamin Tello, Jr., the victim's brother.

While the driver of the BMW did not stop, others driving by pulled over to help.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

On Monday, there was a bouquet of white roses left on the corner, but no sign of the sneaker he was wearing or the skateboard he was riding on when he was hit.

Devastated friends and family gathered at the crime scene to embrace each other's broken hearts, and to remember and honor Alex.

They say he was full of good cheer, had a strong Christian faith, and played a wicket handball game.

As police search for the driver, the victim's family is leaning on their faith and talking about forgiveness.

"They told us he might not make it through the night or actually three days. He didn't make it," said Benjamin Tello, Alejandro's father.

He never got the chance to say goodbye.

"The detective said was I the father of Alejandro, I said yes. He go, 'If you can just rush to the hospital, Maimonides as soon as you can because he get into an accident,'" he said.

Surveillance video was released showing the white BMW that ran over the avid skateboarder and never stopped.

"All I want to say to him, I forgive him. I forgive him and God knows what he has for him," Benjamin said.

Police are still trying to determine who was behind the wheel.

"And if you're looking me I forgive you, because God forgive things like that too so I forgive you," Tello said. "I know my son, he was one of the best and I know God have him with him already and that's all I have to say."

"I can't believe God took him so quickly. The person who did this, in the name of Jesus, I hope he forgives him," Alejandro's mother said. "He shouldn't have left him there on the street, should have not left him there. He didn't care for anything. I pray to God that he gives me the strength to continue."

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