Troy Police hunt for hit-n-run driver

Posted at: 11/23/2012 10:49 PM
Updated at: 11/23/2012 11:24 PM
By: Dan Levy

TROY - Troy Police were searching for a hit and run driver Friday night who left a seriously injured motorcyclist lying in the middle of a busy city street during rush hour.

The victim, 26-year old Dedrick Stanfield suffered injuries to his back, hip, and leg. His condition was unavailable Friday night at Albany Medical Center.

Mohasan Ghafoor was behind the counter at the Troy Food Mart on Hill Street around 5:15 P.M., waiting on customers, when he heard a loud noise outside.

"I looked outside and the guy was just lying on the floor," Ghafoor explains. "He fell off the bike and the car just took off like 60 miles per hour through my parking lot."

Troy Police found the car, just around the corner, abandoned, right in the middle of Ida Street, the key still in the ignition.

Back at the mini mart, in the middle of Hill Street, 26-year old Dedrick Stanfield was lying serious injured.

"At the time he had been complaining of pain to his back, his hip, and his leg," said Troy Police Captain Dan DeWolfe. "He was conscious but he was in pretty rough shape."

With the victim on the way to Albany Medical Center, police began reviewing surveillance video at the store.

"It was good footage," DeWolfe said, "We were able to maybe make an ID of some of the people involved and it really gave us a look at how the accident actually occurred."

There were also several witnesses around at the time of the crash.

"There  were definitely more than one person (inside the car)," Ghafoor stated.

Several other witnesses report seeing at least two, maybe more people scampering awy from the car, running through the neighborhood, and climbing over backyard fences to make their get away.

"A lot of people around here don't want to (stop at an accident scene)," said Joshua Richards, who lives in the neighborhood and got to the scene moments after the crash. "If they hit somebody, they know they're in big trouble so they're just going to take off."

Captain DeWolfe says police are probably able to conclude that since the driver abandoned the car, he probably wasn't the registered owner.

"If he had stopped and he was a legally licensed driver then he probably would have been issued a ticket and that would have been that," DeWolfe said.

As of 11:00 P.M. Friday night the driver was still at large. The condition of the victim, Dedrick Stanfield was unavailable.