3 busted in hit-and-run that killed DOC worker outside Yankee Stadium: cops

The three suspects involved in the hit-and-run crash that killed a city Department of Correction worker outside Yankee Stadium have turned themselves into authorities, cops said Friday.

Carlos Hernandez, 24, was behind the wheel of the BMW X6 that slammed into 69-year-old Cathy Garcia’s Mitsubishi Outlander at the intersection of River Avenue and East 161st Street in Concourse around 5:15 am Thursday, authorities said.

Edwin Amparo, 29, sat in the front seat and Atahualda Rodriguez, 28, was the rear passenger, cops said.

Hernandez was charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and criminal possession of stolen property, cops said.

Cathy Garcia, 69, was driving a Mitsubishi Outlander south on River Avenue when a BMW X6, heading west on East 161st Street in Concourse, slammed into her vehicle.
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Amparo and Rodriguez were both charged with criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglar tools, authorities said.

None of them have criminal records, according to police.

Garcia – who has worked in the Application Investigation Unit for the city Corrections department since 2018 – was on her way to work and just blocks from her home when the deadly wreck occurred.

Victim Cathy Garcia worked at the Application Investigation Unit for the city Department of Correction, and was her family's matriarch.
Victim Cathy Garcia worked at the Application Investigation Unit for the city Department of Correction, and was her family’s matriarch.
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“We are heartbroken to learn that a member of our DOC family was tragically taken from us Thursday while on her way to work,” Department of Correction Commissioner Louis Molina said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Garcia’s loved ones as we mourn the loss of our colleague.”

Garcia assisted new hires in the agency’s medical department, according to her son-in-law Jamel Wright.

She was also her family’s matriarch, Wright said.

“It’s devastating to get a call that the person that you truly love and admire and respect, you know, the leader of our families [was] killed in a horrific car accident and then the people ran off,” Wright said.

Twelve stolen catalytic converters were found in the trunk of the BMW, cops said.
Twelve stolen catalytic converters were found in the trunk of the BMW, cops said.
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“[She was] a wonderful woman, … the life of the party, great grandmother, great friend.”

The BMW driver and passengers allegedly left behind 12 stolen catalytic converters in the trunk of the BMW, police said.

Photos from the scene show some of the devices in the street as cops investigated the taped-off scene.

Catalytic converter thefts have accelerated by a whopping 269 percent citywide so far this year, new data shows.

“I mean it seems like crime is rampant [in the city] right now,” Wright said. “Hopefully, Mayor Adams has a real plan.”

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