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Pedestrian struck and killed on 21st Street, police say

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Oct. 4, 2017 By Tara Law

A pedestrian was struck by a car in Long Island City on Aug. 27th and died two days later from her injuries, the police announced today.

The female victim was crossing 21 Street –at 40 Avenue– at about 10 pm when she was struck by a driver of a 2011 Ford Escape who was driving south on 21st Street in the left lane, the police said.

The pedestrian, who has yet to be identified, went over the hood and hit the windshield before landing on the road, according to police. The victim, believed to about 35-years old, was taken by EMS to New York Presbyterian-Cornell Medical Center and died on August 29.

The driver of the car, a 25-year-old female, remained on the scene.

There have been no arrests. The investigation is ongoing.

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Frances Michaels

I don’t know what happened in this case, but every single time I go down 21st Str. these people cross AGAINST THE LIGHT !! Such Laziness over and over again…they don’t even go at the corner, they cross in the middle of the street between cars…they just don’t give a damn !!! And drivers go way too FAST as well !


My condolences to the family of the victim. Years back I wrote to the department of transportation to make 21st safer. One way to do this is by installing overpasses. 21st street is a vital artery and they should install concrete barriers to separate the 2 lanes of traffic. Eliminate parking on 21st entirely up to the bridge and create left turn lanes for traffic. This was all suggested back then, but instead they are creating a driving nightmare on 21st and other main arteries in and around Astoria by creating all these bike lanes. I don’t oppose the bike lanes but hoyt avenue bike lanes are seldom used.


I can’t comment on whether the driver had the green light or not, but I will say this. Pedestrians seriously underestimate their visibility on that street at night. I have seen countless people who were barely visible as they jaywalked. The two way traffic creates a hazardous visibility condition.

I am not at all saying this 35 year old woman was in the wrong, but please consider your own safety when crossing streets at night. Especially 21st St. And for drivers, be aware. If you’re blinded by opposing traffic, slow down and spare a life.


The intersections near the bridge where the southbound cars stop in the left lane to turn left onto 41st Ave has been a mess for years, even before the repaving of the street. Lots of aggressive driving there.

Sorry for both people involved in this accident.


So sad. My condolence’s to the family of the victim. I sincerely hope that the city reexamines traffic on 21st Street. As a driver, it can be nerve wracking to drive on this street with other cars speeding and suddenly stopping, pulling into a lane, etc. As a pedestrian, it is simply dangerous, from up near Astoria Park all the way down to the bridge. There needs to be more crosswalks and curb bump-outs. Those wide lanes on the north part tend to encourage speeding all the way down the street too.


A lot of people who leave 40 Ave and 21 Street, special at night are crossing the Street, right in front of you, like the Street belong to THEM!!!


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