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Search For Driver After Woman Killed, Man Critically Hurt In Staten Island Hit-And-Run

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Police are searching for the driver behind a deadly-hit-and-run on Staten Island.

It happened shortly after 6:15 p.m. Tuesday near Lamberts Lane and Elson Street.

Police said the driver of a Honda Accord sped through a stop sign on Elson Street and collided with a Mercedes Benz. The Honda driver ran from the scene.

The 70-year-old driver of the Mercedes and his 68-year-old passenger were rushed to the hospital.

Police said the driver suffered head trauma and is in critical condition.

His passenger died of her injuries. She was identified as 68-year-old Kauser Akhund, of Staten Island.

"Very quiet, respectful people. Whole neighborhood liked them," neighbor Emin Civuli said of the victims.

"Surreal. You move in less than a year ago and someone ends up dying on your front lawn. It's wild," witness Mike Perepelyuk said.

Police say the Honda was stolen from Hackensack, New Jersey, earlier in February.

Anyone with information about the crash 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 on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

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