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Pedestrian Critically Injured by Hit-And-Run Driver in Astoria: NYPD

30th Avenue and 14th Street (Google Maps)

Nov. 4, 2019. By Shane O’Brien

Police are looking for a driver of a white box truck who critically injured a pedestrian in Astoria during the early hours Saturday and fled the scene.

The hit-and-run took place at the intersection of 30th Avenue and 14th Street at around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, according to the NYPD.

The driver reportedly made a left turn from 30th Avenue onto 14th Street and collided with a 53-year-old man who was crossing the street, police said. The truck then hit a vehicle that was at a stop sign on 14th Street.

The operator of the truck then drove off, while the pedestrian was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital in critical condition.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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Daniel Rutkowski

I’ve been noticing for quite a while now that pedestrians are not doing their share
in keeping themselves safe.
People cross the streets without stopping and without looking.
Constant Jay Walking as well as carelessness, outright disregard for their safety,
their kids safety. Why have people become so ignorant and rude?
I am not referring to this reported story but I am only telling of what I witness
on the streets of Queens. Yesterday at Ditmars area I was standing at the corner waiting for the traffic light to turn and a person looking at her iPhone and texting
didn’t stop to wait for our light to turn green. A truck was coming down the street.
I reacted by grabbing her arm and yelling, look out!
I am sure if I did not react that she would have been hit.
She thanked me and then rushed off for the Ditmars train.
I’ve come to the conclusion that electronic devices are a problem not only in using one when a person drives but to people using them while they are walking.
The city needs to put out public service announcement informing people
not to text and cross the street.
Many people are incapable of walking and chewing gum at the same time.
Apparently there is truth in these words.


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