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59-Year-Old Man Is Dead After Crashing Electric Scooter in Astoria Tuesday

Angelo Gonzalez died when he lost control of his scooter near the Astoria Houses NYCHA complex (Google Maps)

Sept. 16, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

A 59-year-old man is dead after he lost control of his electric scooter and crashed near the Astoria Houses NYCHA complex Tuesday.

Angelo Gonzalez, an Astoria resident, was found unconscious by police–who were responding to a 911 call–on the roadway at Astoria Boulevard and 8th Street at around 4:45 p.m.

Gonzalez was traveling west on Astoria Boulevard when he lost control of his scooter and hit the ground, police said.

He was transported by EMS to Mount Sinai Hospital Queens where he was pronounced dead.

Gonzalez lived a short distance away from the scene near 27th Avenue and 2nd Street.

No further details were given by police who said that the investigation is ongoing.

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Pat Macnamara

No further details were given by police who said that the investigation is ongoing. Where is the post did it say he wasn’t wearing a helmet? Your comment is sanctimonious and self-serving. Good for you that you wear a helmet and follow the laws. Again the post doesn’t say that the deceased wasn’t following the laws. A man has died. We don’t know how he lost control of his scooter. Perhaps a pedestrian darted out into his path? A car cut him off? He hit a giant pothole? Do you look for tragedies to announce to the world how great you are?

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Jane Hunter

My name is Jane Hunter and Angelo is/was my best friend since I was 18 (20 years). I just want people to know he had a heart of gold and would give someone the shirt off his back. Literally.
He loved his family and friends, his daughter Nina and his brothers, sister, nieces and others whole heartedly and without reserve. He loved animalss. He was kind and funny, compassionate, straightforward and soulful. His loss is a HUGE one, not just for me or his loving family, but for the world as a whole. He was brave and did a lot of good without ever telling anyone about it, and was known for giving away his last dollar to someone in need because he always said it would come back around. It usuallly did, too.
He was a skilled carpenter, plumber, electrician and craftsman and he truly cared about the state of our communities and their futures (with the homeless population booming, ever raising rents, the mental health crises and lack of affordable housing to name a few). He advocated for any cause he felt was unjust and he didn’t judge anyone based on anything but their personalities.
His unique way of being attracted people to him. He truly was an amazing, fun, beautiful man who loved adventure, loved kayaking, riding his scooter, his old Vespa, and seeing his friends and family together at gatherings.
He lived his life with a deep appreciation for Gods plan. Even though right now it makes no sense to me, or anyone who loved him, or to NYC, especially in Brooklyns Red Hook and Carroll Garden area, which was his home for over 55 years and helped in the buildong of and maintenance of countless dwellings).
He attended Sacred Hearts-St. Stevens Roman Catholic church primarily, and was deeply spiritual in a quiet way.
The world will not be the same without him. Nor will the lives of those he touched with his gift of listening and his empathetic, generous, loving spirit. His family and friends and the many whose lives he touched will never, ever forget him, his cooky sense of humor, nor his passion for life. He will be missed more than he could’ve ever imagined.
He’s got his wings now and we all have one outstanding guardian angel up there keeping an eye on us all.
Sleep In Peace, Love. We will miss you more than words could ever express.
4/4/1961-9/15/2020

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Jane Hunter

Why would you ask that? He was totally lucid, in a great mood and doing good deeds like delivering food and medical supplies all day before heading home. I was with him all weekend, Monday and Tuesday. Your questions are truly insensitive. If not downright insulting. Let’s pray you never have the shock of finding out your best friend in the world died because of such an accident.

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Paul Kersey

Dear Jane-you can be as insulted as you like. If he had any insurance policy and was under the influence that may cause issues with any payouts. It’s called reality. Doing good deeds doesn’t mean anything when you are in a fatal accident. Facts matter.

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Jillian Krebsbach

I ride a bike, I’m usually going 7-15 mph. I ALWAYS wear a helmet.

People on e-scooters, are traveling 15 mph, some as high 20-30 mph. Half the people I see riding the
e-scooters are not wearing a helmet and many are not following the rules of the road. This is so dangerous.
Helmets should be mandatory- Period.

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young_man!

And we need licensing and registration for all motorized vehicles being used on the streets and bike lanes.
I ride a bike too and the guys on motorized cycles pass within inches of you while they are going 20 mph faster than I can ride a bike.

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Bill

Sadly, we are going to see many more of these stories as growth in these motorized scooters, skateboards and bicycles expand. Plain and simple, they are extremely dangerous. Riders have little if no protection if they something happens.

There are also pedestrians who inevitably will be injured in greater numbers by these devices. Yet, no one seems to talking about regulation or enforcement of simple safety standards such as stop signs and lights!

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Anonymous

I hope someone reads this and thinks hard before getting an electric scooter. I have one and loved it. Then in one month in January I had three accidents. One of them without a helmet and I damn near killed myself ended up with a severe injury just above my eye luckily. The second one a cyclist ran into me on a cycle path and the third accident on Jackson Ave a car cut me off and I ended up on the ground and hurt my hip. I now have painful bursitis. The moral? Certainly use a helmet ALWAYS and try to stick to protected bike lanes where you can. But maybe the safest is not use them.

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young_man!

Electric scooters and electric bikes should be banned from bike lanes. They go as fast as cars and sometimes faster than cars and pose a serious threat to both pedestrians and regular bikers.

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