Security camera video (below) of a fatal New York City car crash is making headlines because a witness to the crash is seen in the video calmly eating pizza after the accident and then walking away from the scene.
The unidentified, pizza-eating witness did nothing illegal an NYPD spokesman told WPIX News. She was not legally obligated to render aid, he said.
The accident on Dec. 6 in Brooklyn killed 30-year-old art curator Victoria Nicodemus, NY Daily News reports.
Nicodemus was walking on the sidewalk with her boyfriend when an SUV jumped a curb and plowed into a group of pedestrians.
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Nicodemus was taken to Brooklyn Hospital Center where she later died. Her boyfriend was treated and released from the same hospital. Three others were also hospitalized with minor injuries emergency personnel told NY Daily News.
The security video, originally obtained by DNAinfo, shows the witness walking down the sidewalk when the SUV jumps the curb. Holding her pizza, the woman looks behind her, walking sideways away from the scene. She turns away and takes a few more steps, then stops and looks back one more time, taking a bite of her pizza just before walking out of the frame.
Others are seen in the video rushing to the scene to help.
Leslie Meeman lives and works across the street from the scene of the accident. She told NY Daily News she saw it happen and that the driver of the vehicle got out and fell to the ground crying.
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“And that's when I started crying,” she said. “I cried for him. Whatever happened to him while he was driving, he's in jail now. He's in jail on his mind for the rest of his life. It just looked like a guy who made a horrific, horrific mistake. I don't know what happened but he wasn't driving erratic, it didn't seem like he was speeding.”
The driver of the SUV, 39-year-old Marlon Sewell, remained at the scene after the crash. He has been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and driving without a license, according to The New York Times.
Police told The New York Times they believe Sewell had swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle in front of him.
He was arraigned the day after the crash.
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