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88-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed While Crossing Astoria Street: NYPD

Broadway and Crescent Street intersection (Google)

Jan. 14, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

An 88-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car at an Astoria intersection on Friday and was declared dead the next day.

Miguel Hernandez, who was a few blocks away from his 33rd Street home, was crossing Broadway at Crescent Street on Jan. 11 when he was hit by a 2016 Toyota sedan around 3:15 p.m.

The driver, a 40-year-old man, was driving along Crescent Street–a one-way southbound street–when he hit Hernandez. The motorist remained on the scene of the crash, according to police.

Emergency responders found Hernandez semi-conscious with head injuries. He was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where he died on Jan. 12.

There are currently no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing.

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Herman

Astoria is to crazy when it comes to driving or walking on the streets. All these TLC cars the city have these storage spots right on crescent street and Broadway and also and crescent street and 34 ave and all over 31st ave making it more dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. Electric scooters all over Astoria without lights

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JenL

Very sad for this man and his family. Crescent can be a dangerous street and because it is one-way and multi-lane, cars just fly down it. There are blind corners that can make it hard to cross, especially for older folks, kids, and those with mobility issues.

All of the traffic and obstacles around MtSinai can contribute to the problem itself. Last month I was nearly mowed down crossing Crescent at 30th Avenue as a vehicle made a flying left turn and onto the multi-lanes. Vision Zero really needs to take a look at this street.

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tommers

Mt Sinai of Queens is a fine hospital. Like any hospital, it is up to the family/friends to advocate for and guard over the care of their loved ones. It is up to you to make sure care is adequate and if not you have only yourself to blame for it. My father had a heat stroke and was in the ICU unit for one month in Mt Sinai of Queens. He was written off by many independent doctors and as a result of the care and vigilance of family members (I was there many hours a day) he recovered with minor deficits.

Some of the worse hospitals I have seen are the major trauma centers. They are too crowded and prone to make mistakes. I stopped many of them from happening when I cared for someone who suffered a TBI and was treated at probably the most famous hospital in the US.

If your loved one is injured or ill in the hospital, get down there, read up on the condition and know the terms, and care for your loved one. Death does not care about excuses.

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Lamarde

Mt Sinai is just a band aid hospital, just basically .
Bad experience when my dad had a stroke , they should of taken him to Elmhurst where its a trauma center !

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Kamala Cusmano

Sad shame we have the spoiled young adults driving reckless without impunity. “Who cares if I run someone” over attitude. The car is registered to the 80 yr old mamasoo. Its not my insurance.

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Sal,coppola

Mount Sinai in Astoria on 30th Avenue and Crescent Street Tumi it’s still Astoria General shittiest place we used to have to go to from what I understand still is

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your_neighbor

Terrible that this man had to have a long life ended so horribly.
I’ll reiterate what others have said, very dangerous crossing streets in southern Astoria with the electric scooters rushing in all directions and the Uber/Lyft guys rushing to the bridge.

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Jaggy

It is not whataboutism. I have on several occasions have had the misfortune of almost being hit by a scooter walking my dog or better yet side swiping them because they don’t put on their lights.

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Eli

I don’t know if the driver was at fault but crossing any street in Astoria has become dangerous. Drivers run stop signs and red lights as a rule. I now wait a few seconds after it turns red because I’ve almost been hit several times.

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Jaggy

Well, if you drive in that area vehicles are on top of you. God foebid you follow traffic laws and stop in yellow. I have seen pedestrians crossing the street and cara have taken red lights. I feel terrible this poor man lost his life in such a way. Did I mention the electric scooters out at night with no lights on? Seriously traffic agents needed desperately. But I say for safety first.

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Pat Macnamara

The scooters are out of control. Drivers operate their cars recklessly killing innocent pedestrians in their path. The proliferation of ride sharing cars driven by morons has greatly exacerbated the issue. Pedestrians have been downgraded to speed bumps and hood ornaments. Disgraceful

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Anonymous

THE SAME REASON THEY UNNECESSARILY DROVE PRINCESS DIANA ROUND AND ROUND IN THE AMBULANCE UNTIL SHE DIED !!!!!!! WHEN THEY FEEL YOUR EXPENDABLE YOUR A GONER !!!!!!! SAD BUT TRUE !!!!!!

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Mario

Because the load is balanced across hospitals by the dispatcher. Proximity to the hospital is not the only factor.

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Melissa

Good question. Mount Sinai may not have been equipped for it or he may have been conscious enough to go there. My own experience with Mount Sinai Queens is horrific so it may not have been a bad thing, actually.

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Been there

Elmhurst is a level 1 trauma center, with neurology. When my husband had an aneurism in the middle of the night, we went to Sinai. We had to wait for them to basically fire up the CAT scan machine.

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