In this week’s Queens NYC accident report, we look at two serious motor vehicle accidents which have made headlines in the borough over the past few weeks. Additionally, we have an update on the dangerous Forest Hills intersection that has inspired over 1,000 people to sign a petition for speed bumps on Change.org.
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5 Injured In Jamaica, Queens When Man Crashes Car Into Multiple Vehicles
The NYPD arrested and charged a suspect for allegedly crashing his car into multiple vehicles and injuring at least five people in South Jamaica, Queens on December 23. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. when the 36-year-old male driver of a gray Hyundai Santa Fe was exiting the Van Wyck Expressway on an off-ramp, where he struck three vehicles. The suspect then struck a fourth vehicle and injured five people in the accident, before continuing north on the Van Wyck Service Road without stopping. Eventually, his vehicle stalled out.
The injured victims were brought to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The suspect was arrested at the intersection of the Van Wyck Expressway and Linden Boulevard and has been charged with five counts of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, aggravated unlicensed driving, unlawful possession of marijuana, and other charges.
Food Delivery Man Fatally Struck By Tractor Trailer In Queens
A food delivery man was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer as he was riding his bicycle in Queens on December 18th. The accident happened around 8 a.m. at the intersection of 54th Ave. and 48th St. in the Maspeth section of the borough.
According to authorities, the truck was traveling east on 54th St. when it struck the delivery man as the driver was turning onto 48th St. near an entrance ramp for the Long Island Expressway.
The 23-year-old victim was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition, where he died of his injuries.
The truck did not stop at the scene and the driver and vehicle are currently being sought by police. According to investigators, it’s possible that the driver did not realize that they had hit someone.
Queens Resident Who Started Anti-Speeding Petition Leaves Neighborhood
A Queens resident who began a petition to crack down on speeding at a dangerous intersection has decided to relocate after yet another accident on December 9th. The intersection of 72nd Avenue and Kessel Street in Forest Hills has been the site of frequent accidents for years. The man who started the petition believes the intersection is unsafe for families with children.
Over 1,050 people have signed the petition on Change.org, which has called for speed bumps to reduce the prevalence of speeding at this intersection.