Law enforcement are on the hunt for a teenager who crashed his car Sunday morning and fled the scene, leaving his injured passenger behind.
A call was received by police regarding a vehicle collision somewhere near Atlantic Ave and 85th Street. When they arrived, they discovered the 21-year-old passenger, suffering from trauma inflicted by the crash. The driver was already gone.
Initial investigation led police to assume the driver of the 2008 Acura lost control of the vehicle on Atlantic Ave and struck both a parked car and a tree. Police do not know where the driver ran to.
Following the crash, the injured 21-year-old passenger arrived at Jamaica Hospital in critical condition. No report of his injuries has been given; however, 20% of Traumatic Brain Injury cases are caused by vehicle collisions.
Law enforcement has identified the driver as 19-year-old Aidan Camacho. Camacho is about 5’8″, 130lbs, and was last seen wearing dark pants and a long-sleeved white sweatshirt. Police said they do not know why Camacho fled the scene and left his passenger.
It is hard to determine what would cause someone to run away from a car accident and leave a friend behind, yet it is not uncommon. Often times, the sudden rush of emotions following a crash can be difficult to deal with. This, coupled with guilt and a desire to not be found responsible, may lead a person to flee.
A psychology professor from The University of Maryland, Carlo DiClemente, commented on the subject of people who are involved in hit-and-runs:
“Fear and escape motivations kick in and, without good executive functioning, make flight more probable.”
It likely has to do with how someone was raised. If a person has been raised in an environment where telling the truth and being honest are praised, they’re more likely to own up to their errors. On the other hand, a person who was raised being punished for lying and receiving no reward for telling the truth is less likely to be responsible for their mistakes.
Anyone with details of the crash or knows the whereabouts of Aidan Camacho is encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).