Fatal Hit And Run Wednesday Night
By Ilija Sekulovski
On Wednesday night, a 45 year old man was in the middle of 21st Street, when a dark sedan driving southbound on 21st struck the man only minutes before 11PM, according to NYPD.
The man, who was found with severe trauma to his body, was rushed to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A source told Pix11 that the driver drove at least a block down the road with the victim on the hood of the car, after which he put the breaks on so the victim could fall off, and fled the scene.
The police have made no arrests as of yet, and any information regarding the incident is urged to be put forward.
The area has been prone to people speeding down more than once. In fact, speeding drivers have become a rampant problem in Astoria, which makes accidents like this a common threat when a car speeds down a street with little visibility of pedestrians or oncoming traffic.
Councilman Costa Constantinides said on his Facebook page of the hit and run,
'I am saddened to learn of the fatal hit-and-run on 21st Street and 30th Road late last night. We urge anyone who has information about the perpetrator to contact the 114th Precinct immediately. This intersection has long been a danger in our community. Since 2014, we have been speaking with DOT about traffic safety measures on this corner.
The lack of a traffic light here is exacerbated by the surroundings, including the Variety Boys & Girls Club where children attend programs and classes every day. This fatality punctuates the great need for traffic safety measures at this intersection, one that our community has known for years. I call on the DOT to conduct a traffic study and install a traffic light at this corner to prevent further tragedies like this one. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim of this crime.'
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