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Neighbors Say Brooklyn School Worker Dorothy Gargano Hospitalized After Hit-And-Run: 'She's In Bad Shape'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A Brooklyn school worker is in the hospital after being hit by a vehicle that then sped off.

Police are now asking for your help in finding the driver.

As CBS2's Kiran Dhillon reports, the hit and run was caught on camera. Surveillance video shows a dark color 4-door Nissan sedan speeding away after a person is hit near the corner of Union Street and Classon Avenue in Crown Heights.

The victim has been identified by neighbors as 67-year-old Dorothy Gargano.

"I pray to God that she'll be alright, everything be fine, that she'll be normal. That she'll be Dorothy again like she was before," said neighbor Marie Mazzei.

Dorothy Gargano (Photo provided)

Police say the crash happened on Dec. 7 around 12:30 p.m. Gargano was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where she remains.

Mazzei says Gargano, her husband and son have lived on her street for years. She says Gargano's husband, Al, came by Friday morning to tell her the news.

"He says Dorothy is in the hospital. She was in an accident. I said 'Accident?' Somebody hit her with a car and she's in bad shape," Mazzei said.

Mazzei says Gargano worked in the office at a school in Crown Heights. She describes Gargano as a loving person who has always been there for her, especially when she herself was sick.

"She's a very nice person. She helped me a lot," Mazzei said. "She took care of me ... Anything that I'm needing, I will call [Gargano's husband], he will come over and help me."

Brooklyn Hit And Run
(credit: NYPD)

Mazzei says Gargano's husband has told her she suffered a head injury along with broken bones. Neighbors are now praying for her recovery. They also want the person responsible to turn themselves in.

"That shouldn't be done that way. They should have stopped. Like normal," one person said.

Police say the suspect vehicle went eastbound on Union Street after the collision.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

Kiran Dhillon contributed to this report. 

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