Father scours Dyker Heights for daughter's killer - driver in hit-and-run
By Jake Pearson
Daily News Writer
Ulric Assee hasn't slept soundly since his daughter Natalie was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver last month in Dyker Heights.
Assee, 66, knows his daughter's killer is still out there and has made it his mission to find whoever crashed into the 37-year-old woman on 75th St. in the early morning of Monday, March 8.
"What I want is for this person to come to justice," said a tearful Assee, who traveled to Brooklyn from his home in Delaware to pass out flyers along the blocks surrounding Fort Hamilton Parkway and 75th St., asking witnesses to come forward.
"It's very painful for me to do what I am doing," he said. "Handing out the flyers is very emotional, but I can't give up on this."
Natalie Assee worked as a marketing agent for a Manhattan-based oil company but was pursuing her dream to be an artist when she died, said her father.
"She was going to follow her dream and go into fashion and art," said Assee, who works as a salesman at Macy's. "She loved life; she loved her friends. ... She was an outgoing person."
Police said detectives from the 68th Precinct are still investigating but have no suspects, though the case remains open.
A witness at the time told investigators he saw a white sedan leaving the crash scene heading toward the Verrazano Bridge. White paint was found on the dress Natalie was wearing at the time.
"I am getting frustrated and the longer it takes, the angrier I get," said Assee, whose flyers are printed in English, Spanish and Chinese.
From 1995 to 2005, nine pedestrians were injured and one killed at the intersection, according to the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives.
Earlier this year, community activists organized by City Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Dyker Heights) identified and surveyed a number of dangerous intersections in the neighborhood, naming Fort Hamilton Parkway at 75th St. among the worst.
They said speeding and cars blocking the crosswalk were two chronic safety problems there.
Neighbors who live nearby agreed.
"Between speeding cars and people turning and not looking where they're going, it can be treacherous," said neighbor Jocelyn Burbridge, 38, a stay-at-home mom.
"Anyone who has a kid knows where [Assee] is coming from. It's horrible what happened to his daughter. He needs closure ... and I hope he finds it."
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