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BMW driver leaves passenger to die, takes plates off car and runs after NYC crash: cops

A BMW driver left his passenger to die after crashing into a Staten Island utility pole — then took the license plates off the wreck and ran, cops and sources said.

The 25-year-old driver was speeding down Goethals Road north, near the Jules Drive intersection in Graniteville around 10:10 p.m. Monday – with 26-year-old Usman Chugahtai in the backseat and another passenger in the car – when he lost control and veered onto the sidewalk, cops said.

The Beemer slammed into a utility pole and fire hydrant — sending the car spinning and ejecting Chugahtai from the vehicle, police said.

The hit-and-run driver allegedly left behind his mortally injured passenger — as well as a trail of destruction on a residential block. Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel
The hit-and-run driver allegedly left behind his mortally injured passenger — as well as a trail of destruction on a residential block. Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel

The unidentified motorist ran off on foot, cops said – but not before ripping the license plates off the mangled vehicle, according to law enforcement sources.

Chugahtai, who lived in Port Richmond about 2 miles away, was pronounced dead on scene by EMS, cops said.

Usman Chugahtai, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene. Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel
Usman Chugahtai, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene. Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel
Another passenger, 23, was listed in stable condition after the wild high-speed crash. Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel
Another passenger, 23, was listed in stable condition after the wild high-speed crash. Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel

Another passenger, a 23-year-old man, was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Photos obtained by the Staten Island Advance show the wreckage after the wild driver allegedly plowed through several backyard fences.

No arrests had been made in the hit-and-run by Tuesday evening.