A 63-year-old woman who once worked for NASA and was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver in Harlem has died after clinging to life for a month, cops said Wednesday.
Deborah Yvonne Gray, visiting the city from Maryland, was riding in the back of a for-hire Toyota Camry headed uptown on Park Ave. when a speeding Acura TL with Texas plates T-boned the vehicle in the intersection at E. 129th St. about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 17, cops said.
Friends said Gray worked as an administration and logistics support person for a NASA project a few years ago. She grew up in New York and was visiting friends and family when she was struck.
“She was always someone who was ready to help. She was a hardworking person,” said longtime friend Nicole Ford Francis, who worked with Gray on the NASA project.
“It’s a horrible time and this was definitely a really good person, so it’s hard.”
The man driving the Acura abandoned his mangled car and ran off. He is still being sought by cops a month later.
Medics rushed Gray and her 47-year-old driver to Harlem Hospital, where she was born more than six decades ago, her daughter told CBS 2. She died there on Friday, officials said.
“The car (Gray was riding in) was left smashed into a gate and two of the doors were ripped off,” Gray’s daughter, also named Deborah Gray, wrote in a GoFundMe post in February asking for donations to cover her mother’s mounting medical bills. “This accident left my mother with no pulse when she was found at the scene. When she arrived at Harlem Hospital she was then resuscitated and remains in a coma.”
The livery driver was not seriously injured and was treated and released. He usually works for Uber, but it wasn’t clear if he was working for the app-based livery service when the crash occurred, sources said.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run driver is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
With Clayton Guse