A pedestrian who was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run incident near the Binghamton Boscov's store has died as a result of his injuries.

45-year-old Virgil Chastine was struck while crossing Water Street around 4:20 p.m. on April 9.

Witnesses said a sport utility vehicle "hit him hard" as it turned from Court Street. They said the driver stopped "for a couple of seconds" after striking Chastine. The Ford Escape then raced away from the scene.

Police closed a section of Water Street for hours after a man was hit by an SUV on April 9, 2024. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Police closed a section of Water Street for hours after a man was hit by an SUV on April 9, 2024. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Chastine appeared to be conscious but unresponsive as he was being placed into an ambulance. He had been reported in critical condition at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City before he died the following day - nearly 24 hours after he was hit.

That same day, Binghamton police arrested a 17-year-old Johnson City boy in connection with the hit-and-run incident. The suspect - whose name was not released - was charged with leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, a felony. He was released on an appearance ticket.

A person familiar with the incident said the pedestrian was in the crosswalk and "had a green light" when he was struck.

Binghamton police detective Captain Cory Minor told WNBF News the investigation is continuing and further charges against the driver are possible.

A memorial service for Chastine is to be held at Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home in Endicott on Saturday at 7 p.m.

VIDEO: Police secured the scene minutes after a Binghamton man was critically injured when he was hit by a vehicle while crossing Water Street on April 9, 2024. 

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