Man arrested in Tennessee for 2020 fatal hit-and-run crash in E. Harlem

Park Avenue and East 129th Street where fatal hit-and-run crash occurred.
Park Avenue and East 129th Street where fatal hit-and-run crash occurred. Photo credit Google Maps

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A 34-year-old man who has been on the run for two years for a fatal hit-and-run crash was arrested in Tennessee, authorities said Thursday.

Jason Clotter was driving north on Park Avenue in East Harlem on Feb.17 at double the speed limit. After running through two red lights, clotter crashed into a cab at the intersection of East 128th and 129th streets, court documents show.

The livery vehicle careened into a parking area underneath the elevated Metro North train tracks, severely injuring 63-year-old passenger Deborah Yvonne Gray who was visiting from Maryland.

Emergency responders had to use the “Jaws of Life” method to cut through the car and get Gray out. She remained in critical condition for six weeks and later died, officials said. The driver also sustained serious injuries.

Clotter quickly fled the scene by climbing through the sunroof of his car with the passenger of his vehicle. The passenger also sustained serious injuries from the crash. He fled New York within days of the deadly crash and ended up in Knoxville where he was living ever since.

“Despite causing a horrific car crash that led to the death of one individual, Jason Clotter allegedly immediately fled New York to avoid prosecution,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said. “Today’s indictment makes clear that we treat any deaths that result from reckless driving just as seriously as any other form of violence.”

Clotter was charged with manslaughter, assault leaving the scene of an incident without reporting-death and serious physical injury.

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