3 busted in hit-and-run that killed DOC worker outside Yankee Stadium: cops

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The three suspects involved in the hit and run that killed a city corrections officer outside Yankee Stadium have made themselves authorities, police said Friday.

Carlos Hernandez, 24, was behind the wheel of the BMW X6 that collided with 69-year-old Cathy Garcia’s Mitsubishi Outlander at the intersection of River Avenue and East 161st Street in Concourse around 5:15 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.

Edwin Amparo, 29, was in the front seat and Atahualda Rodriguez, 28, was the rear passenger, police said.

Hernandez was charged with reckless danger, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

Cathy Garcia, 69, was driving south on River Avenue in a Mitsubishi Outlander when a BMW X6, heading west on East 161st Street in Concourse, collided with her vehicle.
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Amparo and Rodriguez were both charged with criminal possession of stolen goods and possession of burglar tools, authorities said.

None of them have a criminal record, according to police.

Garcia — who has worked in the Application Investigation Unit for the City Corrections Department since 2018 — was on her way to work and just blocks from her home when the deadly wreckage occurred.

Victim Cathy Garcia worked in the Application Investigation Unit for the City Department of Correction and was her family's matriarch.
Victim Cathy Garcia worked in the Application Investigation Unit for the City Department of Correction and was her family’s matriarch.
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“We are heartbroken to learn that a member of our DOC family was tragically taken from us on Thursday while on her way to work,” Department of Correction commissioner Louis Molina said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Garcia’s loved ones as we mourn the loss of our colleague.”

Garcia assisted new hires in the agency’s medical department, according to her son-in-law Jamel Wright.

She was also her family’s matriarch, Wright said.

“It’s devastating to get a phone call that the person you really love and admire and respect, you know, the leader of our families [was] killed in a horrific car accident and then people ran,” Wright said.

Twelve stolen catalytic converters were found in the trunk of the BMW, police said.
Twelve stolen catalytic converters were found in the trunk of the BMW, police said.
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“[She was] a wonderful woman, … the life of the party, great-grandmother, good friend.”

The BMW driver and passengers reportedly left 12 stolen catalytic converters in the trunk of the BMW, police said.

Photos of the scene show some of the devices in the street as police investigated the taped scene.

Catalyst thefts have increased by a staggering 269 percent citywide so far this year, new data shows.

“I mean, it seems like crime is rampant” [in the city] now,” said Wright. “Hopefully Mayor Adams has a real plan.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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