QUEENS, N.Y. — Someone ran over and killed a 29-year-old man in Queens, according to NYC Streetsblog. The motorist took off before the police could reach the scene. NYPD officers now have the case under investigation. They have little information about the suspect or the suspect vehicle at this time. The investigating officers learned that the victim tried to cross all six (6) lanes of College Point Boulevard near Flushing Meadows Park and Booth Memorial Avenue. The fleeing driver was driving south on College Point Boulevard and made a U-turn on College Point Boulevard after hitting the pedestrian. The location of the accident is well known for serious motor vehicle crashes.
The area in which this hit-and-run occurred is plagued by motor vehicle crashes. According to NYC Streetsblog, 57 crashes occurred in 2019 within a five-block area that runs from College Point Boulevard between the Long Island Expressway and Booth Memorial Avenue. Out of those 57 crashes, one pedestrian was severely hurt in addition to eighteen motorists. From January of 2016 to December of 2019, 203 people were involved in accidents in which two pedestrians, two bicycle riders, and 51 motorists were hurt seriously.
Some reports indicate that more pedestrians have been struck by vehicles because more folks are out walking during the pandemic. However, NYC Streetsblog reported that “only” three pedestrians have died in NYC, including the victim of Tuesday’s hit-and-run, since the beginning of the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. NYC averages between ten and seventeen pedestrian deaths per year from March 2 and April 12.
The section of road where the fatal hit-and-run accident happened is widely known for its speeding cars as well. Commenters said that incidents of reckless driving had soared now that the roads are nearly empty. People who drive through the area regularly know that motorists speed through these intersections all of the time, even with normal traffic patterns.
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