A security camera outside a neighborhood market captured the entire incident. Video from the camera shows the vehicle racing past without slowing down. Police describe the vehicle as a dark colored SUV, probably a newer-model Kia Sorrento. Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1.
Rochester Police offered new information Monday in their search for the hit-and-run driver who killed a woman.
"The accident is caught on tape,” said Sgt. Flamur Zelenovic with the Rochester Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit. “There is a video of it, showing the victim."
Nilsa Rivera, 62, was walking east on the south side of a snowy Clifford Ave. Friday night when an eastbound SUV ran into her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A security camera outside a neighborhood market captured the entire incident. Video from the camera shows the vehicle racing past without slowing down. Police describe the vehicle as a dark colored SUV, probably a newer-model Kia Sorrento.
Grieving relatives of the victim planned a funeral for her on this Friday in Greece. In the meantime, they placed candles and flowers at the scene Monday evening.
“We light that candle every day at 6 o’clock,” Lydia Rollins, a sister of Rivera, said. “Not a day has gone by that we haven’t left a candle. We want her to have some light.”
Zelenovic urged any witnesses who might know the driver to come forward. He said it was possible that, in the snow and darkness, the driver never even realized the SUV had hit someone.
“We want people to think about their own 62-year-old mother or grandmother and do the right thing,” he said. “And if they’re aware of anything, or if they’re the motorist that’s involved, call us. Come down to the station and let’s have a conversation about this.”
Relatives like Rivera’s niece Jessica Otero praised the work of police, but were skeptical of the idea that the driver didn’t realize a person had been hit.
Otero said that the victim, a mother, grandmother and great grandmother and familiar fixture in the neighborhood, would be sorely missed.
“We’ve been in this neighborhood for over 40 years. And she walked everywhere.” Otero said. “I know they seen her. And it’s an accident. I can understand. But what if it was one of their family members. They would want justice. And we want closure. Because this can’t stay like this.”
Anyone with information in the crash is asked to call 911.