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Maspeth residents call foul on late nights at Metropolitan Oval soccer field

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan's office

Maspeth residents raised the yellow card over late-night problems at a local soccer field, prompting a local lawmaker to take action.

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan visited on Monday with several Maspeth families to discuss issues centered around the Metropolitan Oval soccer field, located in the vicinity of 60th Street and 59th Avenue, and possible solutions.

Maspeth residents Francesco Pellot and Norma Canepa say that they have witnessed excessive noise, alcohol use, littering and loitering at very late hours into the night on several occasions during the summer at the soccer complex.

Pellot and Canepa raised these issues at Community Board 5’s (CB 5) September meeting, and have collected over 100 signatures on a petition to call on the Metropolitan Oval soccer field to change its policies and become better neighbors to the community. The petition calls on the soccer field to reduce its noise levels, eliminate alcohol and suspected drug use, reduce littering around the area, improve the field’s security and close at a reasonable time.

“My office received several complaints from local residents about this establishment,” Nolan said in a statement. “The Metropolitan Oval has an obligation to be a good corporate citizen and respect the quality of life of nearby residents. I am optimistic that all parties involved can come to a resolution.”

Nolan passed these complaints along to the 104th Precinct and the Department of Sanitation, which has forwarded the complaints to their Enforcement Unit.

“I forwarded these very serious complaints to several city agencies including the 104th Precinct, which responded and has monitored the situation for the past several weeks,” Nolan said. “Thank you Captain Wachter and the 104th Precinct for tackling this very serious issue. I look forward to hearing back from the other agencies so we can continue to preserve the quality of life for all our local residents.”

The 4.2-acre Metropolitan Oval hosts a U.S. Soccer Development Academy of the same name that allows youths of all ages to play and learn the fundamentals of soccer through specialized training programs, camps and clinics.

The Ridgewood Times reached out to Metropolitan Oval for comment and is awaiting a response.


VIDEO: Armed bandits steal a fortune from Maspeth grocery store

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police released on Tuesday night a disturbing video of an armed robbery at a Maspeth grocery store in which the crooks not only stole the shop’s proceeds but also a clerk’s personal belongings.

The stickup occurred at 11:02 p.m. on Sunday night inside the Flushing Avenue Deli and Grocery located at 63-22 Flushing Ave.

Authorities said the crooks — both described as black males wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts — walked into the location and displayed firearms.

One of the crooks was shown on the video jumping over the counter and confronting a male clerk, forcing him to lie on the floor. After taking cash from the register, the bandit would later jostle the victim and remove his wallet and cellphone.

Police said the crooks robbed another man inside the store, though that was not shown on video.

In all, authorities noted, the thieves got away with $5,000 in cash removed from the store’s registers, the victims’ cellphones and wallets — which contained debit cards and a combined $400 in currency — and 10 scratch-off lottery tickets. The suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the robbery; no injuries were reported.

Anyone with information regarding the stickup is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Ridgewood woman missing for almost two weeks: police

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Photo courtesy NYPD

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Ridgewood woman.

The woman, identified as Nathalie Ionescu, was last heard from on Wednesday, Sept. 16, according to police.

Ionescu, 32, is described as a white woman, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 110 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477), visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls will remain strictly confidential.


Man in Maspeth gives alias after getting pinched on gun possession charges

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

He tried to run from cops and his past, but he couldn’t get away from either.

A Sunnyside man arrested in Maspeth early Sunday morning on a weapons possession charge allegedly tried to physically assault officers and later gave them a false identity to apparently hide from his criminal record, according to police.

Officers from the 104th Precinct observed the suspect — 35-year-old Jose Cales of Greenpoint Avenue — crouching near the wheels of a tractor-trailer parked on 56th Drive and 58th Road at about 2:45 a.m. on Sept. 27.

According to police, Cales was wearing a ski mask and a red hooded sweatshirt while appearing to be concealing something in the sweatshirt pocket.

When the officers moved in to stop and question Cales, authorities said, the suspect ran and led police on a brief pursuit, during which he was allegedly seen throwing something to the ground.

The officers caught up to Cales in front of a location on Maurice Avenue, where, police noted, he allegedly took a swing at one of the officers and flailed his arms in an apparent attempt to avoid arrest. The suspect was eventually placed in handcuffs.

During a search, police located the item that Cales allegedly dropped: an unloaded 9 mm handgun.

According to the criminal complaint, Cales was taken to Wyckoff Hospital for an examination and told police that his name was Jason Ortiz, but later admitted that was an alias.

Police noted that Cales previously served time in prison after being convicted of a second-degree burglary charge in Brooklyn in 2006.

Cales was charged on Sunday with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, attempted assault and false personation, and was ordered held without bail at his arraignment.


Driver slams into two street lamps, parked car in Maspeth: police

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

A man who was driving with a suspended license was critically injured in an early morning car crash in Maspeth on Sunday, according to police.

Authorities said the 39-year-old male was speeding westbound on Flushing Avenue at 4 a.m. when he struck a lamppost at 54th Place. Upon the initial impact, his vehicle mounted the sidewalk and struck a second lamppost and a parked car before coming to a stop just before a street intersection.

Officers from the 104th Precinct found him unconscious and unresponsive, and he was extracted from his 2010 Nissan vehicle by FDNY at the scene.

Emergency service technicians transported the victim to Elmhurst Hospital Center with severe injuries. He was the only individual involved in the crash.

Although the incident is still under investigation by the NYPD, the 104th Precinct’s official Twitter account reported that the driver was found intoxicated at the time of the accident and speculated that he was “likely to die” because of the severity of the injuries sustained.

Police have not released the man’s identity.


Two accidents, one fatal, snarl traffic on Glendale roadways

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPD104Pct

Traffic was snarled on two major roadways in Glendale Wednesday afternoon as police responded to a pair of accidents, one of which resulted in a fatality.

The first incident occurred at 4:15 p.m. at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 81st Road, when a sedan collided with a school bus. Reportedly, the bus was carrying disabled passengers.

Police said the sedan driver and all in the school bus were brought to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. However, the main section of Woodhaven Boulevard was closed while police and Fire Department units responded to the crash.

Then, at 6:35 p.m., a motorcycle traveling on the westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway swerved and struck a light pole near Cypress Hills Street, authorities said. The victim, whose identity was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigations into both accidents are ongoing.

Photo via Twitter/@104COP

Photo via Twitter/@104COP


104th Precinct boss talks derelict cars, crime at Juniper Park Civic meeting

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Civic leaders, elected officials and local law enforcement were on hand to discuss quality-of-life issues plaguing the area during last week’s Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA) meeting held on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Our Lady of Hope School in Middle Village.

One of the larger concerns involved the presence of derelict or non-working vehicles on the streets of Middle Village and Maspeth. Capt. Mark Wachter, commanding officer of the 104th Precinct, explained that he and his team recently carried out a “major blitz” against American Auto Body and Recovery, located at 60-05 Flushing Ave., near 59th Street, in Maspeth.

According to Wachter, 15 vehicles were towed from the surrounding streets on May 29. Wachter then partnered with Capt. Gregory Mackie, the precinct’s executive officer, in Operation Clean Sweep to tow an additional 22 vehicles within an hour from the auto shop on Aug. 26.

In addition to the massive towing operation, Wachter explained that the Department of Consumer Affairs revoked the repair shop’s tow license.

“We’ve received numerous community complaints,” Wachter explained. “We went in with full force and cleaned up the area.”

In an open Q&A session, many residents expressed similar concerns about the loss of street parking to derelict automobiles. One resident observed such conditions on 61st Road in Middle Village between 67th and 68th streets, while another pointed to 69th Road as a problematic area.

Wachter said that 17 derelict vehicles have been towed throughout Middle Village in recent months. He indicated the process begins with the placing of letters or notices on vehicles, as well as chalk marks on tires, by the NYPD. If the vehicle has not moved within the next seven days, the NYPD will then return to tow it away.

Residents also voiced concerns over the abundance of massage parlors and suspected prostitution within many of the establishments. The captain assured residents that the precinct is tracking and arresting violators.

“We’re tackling it,” Wachter explained. “We definitely have our eyes on the problem.”

Drug use is another major issue plaguing the area. According to Wachter, a total of about 16 narcotics arrests were made in and around Middle Village in recent months. The captain credits tips from the community with being able to make these busts.

“We still have active investigations going on in the Middle Village area for drug sales,” he explained.

JPCA President Robert Holden joined members and the precinct in honoring three officers and two Middle Village residents for their brave efforts in apprehending four suspected car thieves back on Aug. 19.


Brian McGoldrick with Captain Mark Wachter

According to Wachter, four underage teens on bicycles attempted to break into cars along 77th Street in Middle Village. Residents observed this and called 911.

A foot pursuit ensued, and Officer Onur Cumur, with help from Officer Jonathan Ku and Officer Radoslaw Zbikowski, apprehended two of the four teens. Residents Brian McGoldrick and Andrew Crimmins were able to detain the other two suspects on the ground until police were able to take them into custody.

“They took action,” Wachter said. “This is a great example of ‘If you see something, say something.’ They were instrumental in helping us and we appreciate this.”


Past and present 104th Precinct commanders work to tackle drug crime

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


A former 104th Precinct commander is helping his old command tackle narcotics crime in the area, the precinct’s current boss told residents during Tuesday’s 104th Precinct Community Council meeting at St. Matthias School in Ridgewood.

Capt. Mark Wachter said that Inspector Michael Cody, who led the 104th Precinct between June 2011 and February 2013, now commands the Queens Narcotics Division, and worked in close partnership with the 104th Precinct to crack down on drug activity in the area.

“Over the summer, we made a lot of narcotics arrests,” he observed. “This is a good move. Inspector Cody used to be a commanding officer here. He knows the spots and is loyal to the community. We’ve partnered up on a lot of narcotics investigations.”

One such investigation led to the recent break-up of a drug ring operating out of a Ridgewood bodega. According to Wachter, the deli was used as a base of operations in which drugs like cocaine were packaged, sold and distributed throughout the neighborhood. In another case, a vehicle stop over the summer yielded more than 400 vials of “Hydro” or synthetic marijuana.

According to Wachter, Inspector Cody is also involved with the investigation of the gunpoint robbery of a pharmacy at 60-61 Myrtle Ave. on Sept. 10 in which the suspect demanded the powerful narcotic oxycodone. Wachter called drug abuse “a big problem” in the community, with a high demand for such prescription narcotics on the black market.

Even so, Wachter reported that overall crime is dropping around the 104th Precinct, with sharp decreases in grand larceny, burglaries and auto thefts during the summer months. Year-to-date, the precinct had 100 fewer crimes reported.

“We’re heading in the right direction,” he explained. “One hundred crimes down is a hundred less victims.”

Wachter credits the joint effort between community members and police with the decrease in major crime in the area.

“We’re doing very good, and a lot of that has to do with the community helping us, the police, out,” Wachter said. “You live here, you work here, you know when something is suspicious and we appreciate that information. This is a partnership and it’s working well. With cooperation from the community, we can solve a lot of crimes.”

Wachter and the 104th Precinct Community Council honored Officer Colinton Coronado and Officer Hector Valdez with Cop of the Month awards for their dedication and valiant crime-stopping efforts throughout the summer. Both officers are part of the precinct’s Conditions Unit, which operates overnight and deals with a host of issues including narcotics, community complaints and quality-of-life concerns.

In the past two months, both Coronado and Valdez were responsible for five narcotics arrests, two robbery arrests, D.W.I. busts and one burglary arrest involving a break-in at home on Stephen Street in Ridgewood.

The officers and Wachter were also part of a team that was responsible for what the captain deemed a “major seizure” of fireworks in the community. According to Wachter, the 104th Precinct led the city in fireworks arrests and confiscations this year, with many officers volunteering to work on the busy July Forth holiday as an added precaution.


Captain Wachter praised the officers, calling them “jacks of all trades” due to their success in a number of areas. He also thanked them for bringing their families and children to the ceremony.

“This is really great for the communities to see,” he said. He and Precinct Council President Len Santoro presented the officers with plaques donated by the Ridgewood Times.

In another gesture of gratitude, members of the Highland Park Civic Association presented Captain Wachter with a special citation for his service and dedication to the neighborhood.



Crime downturn tops joint civic group meeting in Glendale

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Ryan Haas


Northwest Queens is continuing its trend of becoming safer for local community members.

Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village have collectively seen a 10 percent decrease in crime rate, Capt. Mark T. Wachter of the 104th Precinct reported during last week’s joint meeting of the 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol (104COP) and the Glendale Property Owners Association at St. Pancras Pfeifer Hall.

The commanding officer and his staff have largely been responsible for stopping roughly 120 felony crimes in northwest Queens, and Watcher commended the efforts of 104COP in helping keep crime down around the area. Thirty active 104COP members — including its president, Mark Pearson — were in attendance.

Auto thefts, felony assaults and grand larcenies saw decreases of 19.9, 14.8 and 13.8 percent, respectively, compared to the same time last year, according to the 104th Precinct’s most recent CompStat report.

Wachter urged community members to also be on the lookout for car break-ins.

“We have to be smart out there,” he said. “You can’t leave valuables in your car. You can’t leave a laptop in your back seat or a wallet in your front seat. It’s an invitation for someone to commit a crime. Are we going to have car break-ins? Yes, but we can take steps to ensure we’re not the victims.”

The 104th Precinct has made 14 arrests pertaining to car break-ins in just the past month.

“Half of the calls we get are from the community, and they’ll say, ‘Hey, I see something suspicious,’” Wachter said.

Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano complimented the precinct’s services, saying, “one reason why crime has gone down in New York City is because the NYPD trains its staff and personnel better than any other city in the country.”

Giordano went on to explain that the recent improvement in crime couldn’t have been done without the help of the 104COP.


Bandit steals prescription drugs in Ridgewood stickup

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

A gun-toting crook walked away with thousands of dollars in prescription drugs after robbing a Ridgewood pharmacy Thursday afternoon, police said.

The NYPD released on Friday night video of the suspect who held up the ARD Pharmacy located at 60-61 Myrtle Ave. at 2 p.m. Thursday.

According to authorities, the bandit – described as a black male standing 5 foot 10 inches tall with dark, curly hair, a beard and carrying a blue duffel bag – walked up to the pharmacy counter and passed a demand note to an employee. He then displayed a silver handgun.

The worker complied with the request and placed medication valued at $7,500 into the suspect’s duffel bag. The crook then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the incident; there were no injuries.

Police said the perpetrator was last seen wearing a dark-colored sweater vest, a blue dress shirt and a blue New York Yankees baseball cap.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Police issue warning after burglary rash strikes 104th Precinct area

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Google Maps

Open windows and unlocked doors contributed to seven of nine burglaries that occurred within a four-day period last month in the 104th Precinct’s confines, according to police.

In an Aug. 30 email to civic leaders that the Ridgewood Times obtained, Det. Thomas Bell of the 104th Precinct Community Affairs Unit stated that eight of the break-ins between Aug. 23 and Aug. 26 occurred in Ridgewood and Glendale, while the other took place in Maspeth.

The first burglary occurred in Ridgewood between 3 and 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, when unidentified suspects entered a location on the 8000 block of Cypress Avenue. The following day, two apartments on the 900 block of Onderdonk Avenue were hit by burglars sometime after 2:30 p.m.

Three other break-ins in Ridgewood occurred on Aug. 25, with two incidents happening between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the 1800 block of Cornelia St.; and the other between 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on the 1800 block of Centre St. In each case, Bell said, the culprit(s) entered through a window. The Maspeth burglary also occurred on Aug. 25 between 7 a.m. and 10:15 p.m. at a dry cleaners on the 6000 block of 56th Road; in that incident, police said, the crooks entered through an unlocked rear door.

Finally, two apartments on the 6400 block of 74th Avenue in Glendale were visited by burglars between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 26. In both instances, the suspect(s) reportedly entered through open windows.

Police continue to search for the suspects responsible. Bell indicated the burglaries may have been prevented if the homeowners remembered to properly secure their windows and doors before leaving the premises.

“Taking a minute to check your windows can make the difference between you being the victim of a burglary and that burglar moving on to another location,” he wrote. “Please take the time to check your windows before you leave your home. I am not saying this is going to stop a determined criminal, but I am saying it will make it more difficult for the criminal.”

The 104th Precinct also encourages residents in the area to take advantage of free home security screenings offered by its Crime Prevention Unit. During the screenings arranged with the homeowner or tenant, officers inspect the premises and offer advice on ways residents can make improvements to keep potential criminals away.

For more information or to sign up for a free survey, call Police Officers Brenda Hyatt or Edwin Collado of the Crime Prevention Unit at 718-386-6223.

Anyone who has information about the burglary rash that could prove helpful should call the 104th Precinct Detective Squad at 718-386-2735; anyone who witnesses a possible burglary in progress should call 911 immediately.


Cops nab pair who used BB gun to rob man on Ridgewood street

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Google Maps

Two men were arrested last week after they allegedly used a BB gun to rob a man on a Ridgewood street, prosecutors revealed on Tuesday.

Ridgewood’s Enis Mustafa, 30, and Astrit Kupi, 22, were collared by 104th Precinct officers shortly after the stickup, which occurred at 12:15 a.m. on Aug. 10 in the area of 60th Place and Putnam Avenue, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

Reportedly, the two suspects approached the male victim and attempted to yank the gold chain he was wearing around his neck.

Police said Kupi then allegedly punched the man in the face, and Mustafa pulled a black firearm out of his waistband, pointed it at the victim and demanded additional property.

The victim removed the gold chain as well as a gold bracelet from his wrist and nearly $400 in cash and threw them to the ground. Kupi and Mustafa picked up the items, then ordered the victim to leave.

According to the criminal complaint, responding officers soon spotted Kupi and Mustafa walking in the vicinity of 60th Street and 70th Avenue and stopped them; both men fit the description of the suspects.

Officers found the stolen cash in Kupi’s pants pocket, while the gold chain and bracelet — as well as a BB gun allegedly used in the robbery — were found on the ground near where the suspects were stopped.

Kupi and Mustafa were charged with second-degree armed robbery, second-degree robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property. Both remain held on $25,000 bond or $15,000 cash bail, according to court records.


Drone talk tops 104COP general assembly meeting

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

The new president of the 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol (104COP), Mark Pearson, got his first taste of official duty as he conducted his first 104COP general assembly meeting at the United Talmudic Seminary in Glendale on Thursday night.

After 104COP unveiled its newest piece of equipment last week, a quad-copter, Pearson was faced with answering questions from patrol members and residents regarding this new technology.

“The idea is to use this device in conjunction with the NYPD to make sure that they’re aware that it’s going to be for what it’s going to be used for, which right now it is slated to be used for missing children or a missing person,” Pearson said. “So anytime it goes up, they’re aware of it. We need to be fully open and transparent with the NYPD.”

Pearson said that the 104th Precinct does not officially sanction drones, but they are not opposed to them either. He also informed those in attendance that 104COP is in the process of getting the proper exemptions and filing the appropriate paperwork with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“The regulations are, if you’re going to fly within a 5-mile radius of an airport, which is within the jurisdiction of the 104th Precinct, we have to notify the air traffic controller and get approval from them first,” Pearson said. “If it’s outside of that you don’t need to, you have to fly below 400 feet. Which, in order to try and find somebody, you would have to fly 100 feet. And the regulation is you can’t fly below 25 feet over people.”

“There’s a lot of concerns over privacy issues and everything like that,” he continued. “These devices, well the one that we have, does not support audio. It only records, if we turn it on, video. That’s it. There’s no use for us to use it to spy on anybody. That’s not what it’s meant for. It’s meant to find a missing child as quickly as possible.”

Pearson also noted that 104COP will continue to coordinate their patrols with the 104th Precinct to make them more cohesive and effective.

“Either at the time of the patrol, or right before the patrol, we actually get in touch with the captain and let him know that we are going out so that way he’s aware,” Pearson said. “He’s been relaying information to us and I, in turn, will now inform whoever else is supervising the patrol so that way they know where to focus.”


104COP introduces brand-new quad-copter to the squad

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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

The 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol (104COP) is taking to the skies with its newest piece of equipment, a Phantom 3 Advanced quad-copter.

The quad-copter is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can be remotely piloted from the ground. Mark Pearson, president of 104COP, gave the Ridgewood Times a demonstration of the quad-copter and its abilities at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village on Aug. 7.

“The number one reason we got it was to help when searching for missing persons, especially children,” Pearson said. “One of our members suggested getting one and I thought it would be a great opportunity to help find missing children.”

The UAV has a wide range of features that can be useful in finding missing persons or criminals on the run from police.

The quad-copter is equipped with a 1080p high-definition 12 megapixel camera. The image from the camera can be broadcasted directly to the user’s smartphone through a downloadable app so the operator can see exactly what the UAV is pointed at. The user can also take photos and video of the quad-copter’s flight with their smartphone.

The device has the ability to fly just above a mile in any direction before losing connection to the remote. Pearson said that this specific model has safety limits built into it, restricting the UAV to only 400 feet, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines.

“In residential areas, like this one, you have to be aware of power lines,” Pearson said. “You always have to fly above the power lines. Putting it up high is not really useful to us, as you can’t see much on the ground from higher distances.”

Another handy feature of the quad-copter is the home point feature, which allows the device to automatically return to the point of takeoff if it flies out of the user’s line of sight, loses signal with the remote or has a low battery, or if the user manually requests it to return.

“We’ve been practicing with it to really see how it works,” Pearson said. “We are going to train at least two more people to be able to use it.”

Pearson admitted that there were some concerns over the reaction the quad-copter would receive due to people’s predispositions regarding this new type of technology.

“We were a little uneasy about the reaction we would get,” Pearson said. “We want to see how well this gets adopted. We got a good reaction from the commanding officer of the 104th Precinct.”


Man fatally struck by car in Middle Village

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

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A 61-year-old man died from injuries he sustained after being hit by a car in Middle Village early Friday morning, police announced Saturday.

Authorities said the accident occurred at 12:22 a.m. on Aug. 7 at the corner of 69th Road and 78th Street.

Police said the man, whose identity was withheld pending family notification, was crossing 78th Street when he was hit by a 2004 Dodge driven by an 18-year-old male.

Reportedly, the vehicle was turning onto 78th Street from 69th Road westbound; the driver remained at the scene.

Officers from the 104th Precinct and EMS units responded; the victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he later died.

An investigation is ongoing.