The West New York Police Department and Hudson County Sheriffâ€™s Office held a joint media conference to call on the public’s help to solve this morningâ€™s hit-and-run, which claimed the life of 7-year-old Sheyla Pichardo.
Pichardo was walking to school with her mother, Yeimy, when a Chevy Tahoe struck the two in the intersection of 61st Street and Van Buren Place in West New York, Schillari said, noting that they were using the crosswalk.
â€œA black Tahoe came around the corner striking the mother first, and then running over the child. The mother has minor injuries and the child had severe head trauma and succumbed to her injuries in route to the hospital,” Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari said at a press conference this afternoon.
“At this point we have some leads that we are following up, we cannot release the information, but this was a terrible tragedy this morning and we are doing everything we can to find this individualâ€.
Hudson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Bruce Miller, head of the department’s crash investigation unit, gave a full description of the vehicle.
â€œWe are looking for a 2015-2016 Chevy Tahoe, it has chrome rims and chrome running boards and tinted windows, it may have been driven by a white or Hispanic male in his 30â€™s,” Miller explained.
“The vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed after striking both victims and weâ€™re appealing to the public to please help us, we know somebody out there probably knows this vehicle, knows this person out there. There may be some underlying reason, we just want to talk to this person and find out how this accident happened so we can give the family some closure.”
If anyone has information on the vehicle or the driver’s whereabouts, please contact the West New York Police Department at 201-295-5000, the Hudson County Sheriffs Office at 201-915-1300, or for an anonymous tipline, call 201-332-4276.