Police are searching for Robert Decarlo, a 26-year-old Gravesend resident suspected of being the driver in a hit-and-run yesterday on Flatlands Avenue that left a 12-year-old girl dead and her mother and 9-year-old sister in critical condition.

The New York Times reports:

Detectives are searching for Robert Decarlo, 26, whom they described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair. His last known address was at 114 Avenue U in Gravesend, Brooklyn, a few miles from where the crash occurred Wednesday, on Flatlands Avenue and East 46th Street.

Around 4:40 p.m., a stolen 2005 Dodge Caravan minivan that was speeding westbound on Flatlands Avenue jumped the sidewalk on the north side of the street, the police said. The vehicle plowed into the mother and her daughters, and the driver fled on foot, the police said

The minivan was reported stolen from Tommy’s Auto Repair at 2029 McDonald Avenue last week.

ABC News has more details on the accident:

Police say the victims were walking on the sidewalk when the stolen 2005 Dodge Caravan jumped the curb and mowed them down. The driver, believed to be DeCarlo, fled on food.

“He lost control, he turn two times, boom boom, and then he go on top of the kids,” an eyewitness said. “We saw the two girls laying there bleeding, and like yo let’s move the car, there might be a third.”

“Me and a couple of other guys pushed the car up onto the hydrant,” another witness said.

Under the car, they found Joey Sellers.

“Her eyes were open and she wasn’t moving at all,” Shamar Brooks said. “She wasn’t blinking.”

DeCarlo has prior arrests for robbery and drug possession, and is currently out on bail for the March 21 assault and mugging of a 65-year-old woman in Brighton Beach. Cops say he kicked and punched her multiple times before fleeing with her purse.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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  • Alex

    What a scumbag!
    How are these type of people even allowed to walk on this planet.

    So everyone still thinks practicing death penalty a bad idea?
    This monster has to be tortured, slowly, for days, til he dies and rots. Period

    Sorry, guys, I just can’t react to this any other way 🙁


      You are a very simple, Soviet person with a very narrow understanding of the strengths and weaknesses within the American justice system. There are so many places on this world that not only practice, but PROMOTE capital punishment. I’d task you to look into the rates, and varieties, of crime in those places, but I know it doesn’t interest you. You just like to rant.

      • Alex

        Oh look we got smart pants in here.
        I like to rant? If I rant, then what exactly are you doing, hypocritical pr*ck!
        And what makes you think I am a simple “soviet” person.
        Just because I am named Alex and I live in southern Brooklyn, doesn’t make me “soviet”
        You just sit behind your computer, trolling, making yourself look like you’re above all, freaking bigot.

      • Alex

        I bet if it happened to you or your family, you’d be quick to change your mind!!
        What a pr*ck!

      • Alex

        I will bitch slap u

    • Supporter of Left Handed Rule

      Comrade Alex, you make some good points, just a little too many swear-words. But anyways, on July 5, the NY Post reported that DeCarlo has been apprehended and in jail. Now, let’s see what our District Atty and Judges do to put him away for a long imprisonment. I know you are asking for DEATH, let’s see what others think is right. Thanks.

  • me

    So. According to ABC News. He fled on FOOD. CLASSIC

  • saba

    why are these F**K Tards always let out on Bail?? Don’t the Judge acknowledge that people like this are threats to scociety??

  • Plick

    This guy is looks innocent. I,m sure he is a nice guy

  • Sickofit

    Too bad he’s out on bail and fled, he could have used the get-out-of-jail-free magic password (“accident”), and the system would have responded with the usual “no charges were filed” counter-signal.

    • Neck bone

      Kind of hard to have no charges filed against you when ur behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle during the commission of said accident don’t u think?

      • slickstr1983

        We don’t know the story about what happened with this hit and run you know how the newspaper are they bring up everyone’s past to make them look like evil Bastard’s I’m not defending anyone but let’s wait for the facts there u capital murder junkie s right away u guys want to give the poor guy the needle mean why would he kill that lil girl and do that to her mother and sister maybe he lost control of the car im sure the tested for drugs why didn’t the papers say he was high or drunk now that’s a different story so before anyone jumps the gun lets get the facts then we’ll talk about this case.