Van jumps curb, kills teen, injures four in Long Island City

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Photo: Instagram/its_delgado
Photo: Instagram/its_delgado

A minivan hit five pedestrians at 30th Street and Thompson Avenue, killing one of them.

One pedestrian was killed and four others were injured when a minivan jumped the curb near LaGuardia Community College this morning, according to police.

Around 10:30 a.m., the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Thomson Avenue when the driver lost control and drove onto the sidewalk at 30th Street, striking five people.

They were taken to Elmhurst General Hospital where one of the victims, 16-year-old Tenzin Drudak, was pronounced dead. The four injured pedestrians are listed in stable condition.

According to Department of Education (DOE) spokesperson David Pena, Drudak was a student at Applied Communications High School, which is located near the accident site at 30-20 Thomson Avenue. The DOE is “arranging for a crisis team to offer counseling to students and staff at the school,” he said.

The investigation is ongoing.