BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Nagi family of Lackawanna are putting all of their hopes into a video.
A video they shot themselves off of the security camera at a store on Kensington Avenue and Thatcher Street on Buffalo’s East Side shows in vivid detail how a white car makes a wide turn to smash into Mohsin Nagi, a 76 year-old father, as he crossed the street.
They are offering $1,000 in hopes that someone sees something that can lead to the arrest and conviction of the driver who can be seeing running away from the car.
The family brought the video to News 4 Investigates in hopes that it would lead to an on-air story.
In addition to the store video, the family obtained the video from a city surveillance camera near the intersection. That video which can be seen here doesn’t appear to pick up the hit-and-run but the family hopes that it may help viewers remember some detail that can help investigators.
There are approximately 200 security cameras at intersections throughout the city of Buffalo.
As News 4 viewers may recall, it was just one such video that investigators used to bring charges against a Buffalo Police officer in the sidewalk beating of a man in Riverside in April. The city surveillance which was obtained by News 4 supplemented a video obtained by a bystander. That too was obtained by News 4.
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The sidewalk beating case remains open as the department’s Internal Affairs Department continues to investigate whether five other officers violated department policy.
Nagi’s case shows that security video from city cameras and private security cameras are increasingly becoming evidence in civil and criminal cases.
“You can see the general height and movement of the person,” said George Faust, Nagi’s attorney. “It narrows it down quite a bit.”
According to police investigators based on the video, the driver appears to be a black male, mid 20’s, 5 feet 7 inches tall.
Faust said the videos show that the white car wasn’t the only vehicle on the road, “I would guess that someone may have seen something and didn’t stop. He said someone called 911 and an ambulance arrived to help Nagi.
“My impression is it was some kid – either drunk or made a split second decision to turn and over-corrected and went over the sidewalk,” he added.
Faust said he doesn’t think anyone was out to hurt Nagi but being slammed by the car has resulted in permanent brain injuries.
While the family is focused on finding who is responsible, they are also making plans to pursue a civil lawsuit. Either way, the video has become an important piece of evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Buffalo Police confidential TIPCALL line at 847-2255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.