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Sanitation Worker Dies After Being Struck By Car In Brooklyn, Police Searching For Driver

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A sanitation worker is dead after he was hit by a car in Brooklyn this weekend, and police say the driver left the scene.

Video shows the garbage truck at the corner of Hope and Havemeyer Streets in Williamsburg.

Police say the driver of a 2005 Honda Odyssey minivan hit 52-year-old Angel Aguilar-Duran while he was working around 8 a.m. Saturday.

Witnesses say the victim was dragged for nearly half the block by the van before the driver finally stopped.

Onlookers called 911 and, seeing the man was in bad shape, were waiting for paramedics.

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Witnesses told CBS2's Nick Caloway one person got out of the minivan and tried to pull the victim out from under the vehicle. Onlookers shouted at them to stop and leave the victim alone.

That's when the driver and passenger left the van and calmly walked away from the scene.

Witnesses say Aguilar-Duran was working for Cogent Waste Solutions, a private sanitation company.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, but he did not survive.

People who live nearby were stunned by the collision and that the driver took off.

"It's awful. It's heartbreaking," Williamsburg resident Katrina Rowe said. "That poor man has lost his life due to their actions ... They need to be caught and kind of brought to justice."

"At least, you know, be human enough to stick around and face the consequences of your actions," Williamsburg resident Jessica D'Aniello said.

The NYPD left a message board at the scene of the incident, asking the public for help in identifying the people in the minivan.

So far, no arrests have been made.

CBS2 reached out to Cogent Waste Solutions about the incident, but we have not heard back.

CBS2's Nick Caloway contributed to this report.

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