Family speaks out after grandmother killed, grandson injured in Brooklyn hit-and-run rampage

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Monday, June 27, 2022
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A devastated family is speaking out after a grandmother was killed and her 8-year-old grandson was injured during a Brooklyn hit and run rampage. Sonia Rincon has more.

BED-STUY, Brooklyn (WABC) -- The search continues in Brooklyn for a hit and run rampage that killed a grandmother and left her eight-year-old grandson fighting for his life.

Police say the driver was attempting to evade police in Bed-Stuy when he struck several people at different locations.

Lynn Christopher was spending the day with two of her grandkids. They were visiting for the summer from Georgia, where they moved last year.

"They went to Downtown Brooklyn, just to hang out with their grandma - their favorite person on the planet," said Lesley Christopher, the victim's daughter.

It was on their way back that she and 8-year-old Jacob were struck by a Honda HRV fleeing from police. Moments later on Ralph Avenue, the vehicle with front-end damage blew a red light, t-boning another car and hitting another man on the sidewalk. That man survived with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver then took off running. Witnesses tried to go after him, but he remains on the loose.

"I really hope they find the person responsible for plowing into five people and injuring some, and killing my mom and hurting my nephew because nobody deserves that. And for them to just hit them and just run? It's cowardly. It makes no sense," said Lesley, "And my mom just believed in the goodness of people and for this to happen to her doesn't make any sense at all."

The 67-year-old retired healthcare worker had survived three heart attacks back in March, but recovered and cherished time with her loved ones, planting a garden with her son.

Lesley says she was walking her dog on Saturday night and came across what was left of a horrible car crash.

"I saw this hat on the street, and I said 'that looks like my mom's hat, but that's not right because she's still in Downtown Brooklyn,' I had no idea," said Lesley.

Lynn Christopher's family is now reflecting on a life filled with love - as they pray for her 8-year-old grandson's recovery.

8-year-old Jacob, whose father is an FDNY firefighter is still in the hospital with head trauma.

Police did briefly take someone into custody who they thought may have been a passenger in the vehicle, but they later released him, saying he wasn't.

No arrests have been made.

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