BMW driver sought after passenger killed in crash on Staten Island Expressway service road

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Passenger killed after BMW crashes through fence and utility pole; driver on the run
Lindsay Tuchman has details on crash from Graniteville, Staten Island.

GRANITEVILLE, Staten Island (WABC) -- Police are searching for a driver after a man was killed in a crash on Staten Island.

Officials say the crash happened at around 10:15 p.m. Monday on a service road of the Staten Island Expressway.

A black BMW sedan was heading west off the expressway when it crashed through a fence and into a utility pole.

The NYPD says a man was ejected from the car during the crash. Usman Chugahati, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 23-year-old man sitting in the passenger seat also suffered minor injuries.

The driver grabbed the license plates off the mangled vehicle and ran away, authorities said.

John Del Giorno was over the scene in NewsCopter 7 Tuesday morning to check out traffic conditions.

John Del Giorno has details from NewsCopter 7.

The cleanup will be extensive for residents who live along the service road as the knocked down utility pole pulled down fencing and sent debris flying into back porches.

Police are still working to identify and locate the driver of the BMW.


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