Victim picked the bald spot

August 13, 1991|By Knight Ridder Newspapers

NEW YORK -- Yefin Krel of Brooklyn finds himself charged with crashing into one Joan Margarella's car, causing injuries to her daughter, Tara, 13, then fleeing the scene -- all because Krel is bald.

When the brown Chevrolet that struck her car took off, Margarella could see only the tag number and the back of the assailant's head. But she told police she would know that bald spot anywhere. So Saverio De Felice traced the car and arranged -- for the first time in his 18 years as a Brooklyn detective -- a lineup of suspects facing backward.

Margarella picked out Krel.

The case comes to trial this week. Judge Benjamin Altman says, "Perhaps as a result of this case, hit-and-run drivers will wear hats or helmets when they drive."

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