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NYC Sanitation Truck Involved In Deadly South Bronx Hit-And-Run

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A New York City sanitation truck was involved in a deadly hit-and-run in the South Bronx early Tuesday.

Dramatic and disturbing cell phone video captured the scene just moments after the fatal crash on Willis Avenue and 138th Street.

The victim's body was still laying on the roadway.

"It just made my heart drop and sink," witness David Welsh said.

It happened around 6:30 a.m., when police say the sanitation sand spreader made a turn and hit a woman in the street and fled the scene.

The woman sustained severe body trauma and succumbed to her injuries. An image of the truck was captured on surveillance video from a nearby cell phone store.

Employees wouldn't show the video itself, but say it shows the truck slamming into the woman, sending her flying. The store turned the graphic video over to the NYPD.

Residents are angry over the callousness of it all.

"To know that somebody smashed into her and kept going, it's absolutely a travesty," Welsh said.

The Sanitation Department confirms the truck was one of theirs, and the person behind the wheel at the time of the crash has been suspended.

The agency says drivers are required to have a commercial drivers license, but they say they're looking into whether those CDL's require a doctors exam.

The identity of the woman who was killed has not been released.

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