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A teenager was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking home from a funeral Thursday night, according to the NYPD.

NBC New York reports Ovidio Jaramillo, 17, was at a crosswalk at around 11 p.m. in Queens when he was hit by a black Toyota Camry. The car quickly took off after hitting the teenager.

Jaramillo was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said. The Northern and Junction boulevards in Jackson Heights, Queens, have seen a total of nine car-related accidents this year. Jaramillo is the first fatality.

Last week, the City Council tallied a staggering total of 38,000 hit-and-run crashes reported in New York in 2015. Close to 4,000 have resulted in personal injury or death, and 34,000 were dents and sideswipe crashes.

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New fines were introduced for what councilmembers called “heinous” acts. Fines upwards of $1,000 will be issued to those who damage private property, $2,000 to $5,000 if anyone is injured, and $10,000 if the hit-and-run results in death.

So far, police have no leads in Jaramillo’s hit-and-run case.

SOURCE: NBC New York | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform

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