Nov. 22, 2016 Staff Report
An elderly man was struck and killed by a vehicle in Astoria last week.
According to police, 88-year-old Savas Maounis of Astoria was crossing 23rd Avenue at 33rd Street around 12:30 p.m. last Friday when a driver in a 1999 green Ford Ecoline turned on to 23rd Avenue and hit him.
The man had trauma to his head and body, and was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Saturday.
The operator of the vehicle remained on the scene, and an investigation in to the incident is still ongoing.
What a sad incident. That area is one of the worst in the area as far as traffic and safety is concerned. Many cars double park or park on the sidewalk to do to the sandwich shop and souvlaki stand and then you have the new Greek Food Market parking space which takes up half of the sidewalk and cars zig zag by pedestrians. In addition, it is located under the Amtrak and one block away from a Mosque parking lot. All this in one area is very unsafe and block views. Something needs to be done.