A 22-year-old man faces weapons and menacing in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash in the Bronx. NY1's Polly Kreisman filed the following report.
Police say it all began after midnight Friday with an argument inside the Get Liquor store on East 233rd Street.
According to investigators, Henry Lawrence double-parked his Toyota Sienna in front of the store and ended up pulling a knife on the owner when he wouldn't sell him liquor without an ID.
They say he took off on foot, leaving the car there.
Shortly thereafter, the car's windows were bashed in, and the car was driven off.
Moments later, the Toyota careened up the sidewalk, killing 32-year-old Derrick Callender, a father of three who police believe was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Sienna was abandoned where it came to rest after crashing into a construction site, and police say three people were seen fleeing the vehicle.
"I heard the commotion, I heard the car, I heard the impact, I heard people screaming, but I didn't come down," said one person. "I thought it was a car jumping the curb."
A woman who said she was Callender's sister-in-law but would not give her name described the incident.
"The car came from down there, that way. It came up," she said. "On the sidewalk."
Family members said they were standing outside when Callender was killed.
"I feel my daughter's pain. I feel pain, too," said Margarita Sanchez, the victim's mother-in-law. "I'm suffering the same way she is."
Surveillance video shows the car racing up the sidewalk after hitting Callender and crashing. Witnesses said it was operating at high speed right before the incident.
The result was a construction site flattened just a few yards away from where the man lay on the sidewalk, struck by the car.
Callender was described as a friendly man in a close-knit neighborhood.
One man said that Callender took him to his first Knick game.
"Nobody didn't want to go with him," he said. "He came in and invited me one day when I was young. First time I ever been to a Knick game."
The case remains under investigation.