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LEVITTOWN, NY — A minor fender-bender turned into a fatal hit-and-run and the police are still whistling in the dark.
An 18-year-old college honors student stepped out of her car in a parking lot to exchange papers with the man who collided with her.
Instead, he ran over her and fled.
Honors dental student Taranjit Parmar dreamed of opening a practice in her hometown. Instead, she was mowed down by a hit-and-run driver just a few blocks from her Levittown home.
Her parents and two younger sisters, who are inconsolable, said she was four days away from her 19th birthday.
She was driving along Hempstead Turnpike at 5 pm on November 9, approaching a traffic light near Gardiner’s Avenue when a red pickup truck pulled out and collided with Parmar’s Jeep.
Part of the accident was caught on gas station surveillance.
“They just back up and go on to the next parking lot. They try to exchange information and the red truck guy ran over the girl,” a witness said.
Gas station patrons ran towards the victim and within minutes ambulances and first responders were in a frantic effort to save her life.
A police source confirmed she called her mother after the minor crash.
As she stepped out of her vehicle hoping to exchange insurance papers, the driver accelerated.
Her mother heard what would be her daughter’s final words for help.
The police said they are looking for a red pickup truck with a middle-aged white male driver wearing a baseball cap.
Parmar was next slated to study four years at NYU’s college of dentistry.