Man fatally struck while crossing street in Brooklyn hit and run

EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A pedestrian was fatally struck in a hit and run in Brooklyn late Tuesday.

Authorities say the 51-year-old man was struck while crossing Linden Boulevard in East New York just before midnight.

The victim, later identified as Bobbie Lewis, was hit by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driving westbound on Linden Boulevard that did not stop.

The vehicle was later found abandoned at McClancy Place and Jerome Street.

Police say the driver was later taken into custody.

Rodney Mondesir, 43, is now charged with leaving the scene of an accident and equipment violation (tinted windows). The crash happened just outside James Liaping's home.

"It's a two-way road," Liaping said. "People coming in here and turning, people want to go out. You never know. Anything can happen."

Lewis' brother honored him Wednesday by cranking his favorite song out of the family's first-floor apartment window on Staten Island.

"Right now it's kind of hard. It's not seeping in. Good dude, great dude," Lewis' brother Darrel Lewis said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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