‘Justice for George’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

It’s been a month since George Gibbons was killed in a wrong-way, hit-and-run crash on the Long Island Expressway.

But for his family, it must seem like years.

Not only did they lose a son, uncle and brother, but the community lost an upstanding citizen and popular bar owner whose death has been deeply mourned.

It was on the morning of October 15 that the livery cab Gibbons was riding in was struck by a Chrysler Sebring, allegedly driven by Peter Rodriguez, who was traveling the wrong way on the eastbound side of the L.I.E. service road.

Gibbons was pronounced dead and the cab driver was taken to the hospital.

And though police have released a photo of Rodriguez, he remains at large.

Local politicians, in a show of solidarity with the grieving family, have even offered up a $10,000 reward for any tip that leads to his arrest.

City Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, at a community rally over the weekend, mentioned reported sightings of Rodriguez on Metropolitan Avenue, Woodhaven Boulevard and in Middle Village and the Bushwick area.

So why has he not turned himself in?

Why has someone else not done so?

We urge you, if you know where Rodriguez is, to call authorities and let them know.

The family deserves to have peace of mind, to have closure.

So if you have any leads, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

We demand “Justice for George.”