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One killed, six injured in Astoria crash


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Updated 10:15 a.m.

A crash in Astoria on Sunday left one person dead and six hurt, including three children and a pedestrian, after the driver had a medical episode moments before the accident, cops said.

The car, a Kia Sedona, was driving westbound on 35th Avenue near 21st Street at about 4:45 p.m. when it struck  a curb and fire hydrant before coming to rest on its passenger side on the sidewalk, according to police.

The driver, 45-year-old Anthony Boyd, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

A pedestrian, a 72-year-old woman who was struck by debris, was also taken to Mount Sinai in stable condition.

Five of the vehicle’s passengers, a 44-year-old and 28-year-old woman, and three young boys, ages 10, 6 and 1, were transported to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, cops said.

Police said they are still investigating the accident and what exactly happened to the man before the Kia Sedona crashed.

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Cops help elderly Flushing couple dig car out of ice and snow


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PHOTO COURTESY NYPD

The last big snowfall to bury the city uncovered the best in two local cops.

Police Officers Adrienne Galvani and Cory Smith of the 109th Precinct took a brief detour from their anti-crime patrol, shortly after the Feb. 13 snowstorm, to help an elderly Flushing couple dig their buried car out of a thick sheet of ice.

“We pictured our grandparents in that situation,” Galvani said. “As soon as we saw them, we knew we had to stop and help them.”

Arnold Lederer, 98, and his wife Theresa, 86, had set aside the full day to dig out their 1997 Oldsmobile Intrigue in order to pick up an important prescription at their local pharmacy.

“There was a big pile of snow behind it and a big pile in front,” Theresa said. “It was quite deep and it was already icy. We were planning to take little breathers every few minutes.”

The officers took the shovels from their hands and told them to keep warm inside.

For 35 minutes, they chipped away at the ice, even breaking an ice pick in the process, said the longtime Queens couple who lives on Willets Point Blvd.

With Galvani steering the wheel and Smith pushing from behind, the pair even loosened the car out of its street parking spot and checked up with the Lederers the next day.

“It was the right thing to do,” said Galvani, who has been with the precinct for nearly 11 years. “They would have never gotten that car out.”

The Lederers are still in shock over the act of kindness.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed by their generosity and the time that they spent,” Theresa said. “They wouldn’t even accept a cup of coffee.”

 

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City fills more than 21,000 potholes in Queens


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More than 21,000 pesky potholes in Queens have been filled so far during this year’s snowier than usual winter, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) said.

Nearly 2,000 in the borough were fixed last weekend, as part of the city’s season-long repair efforts, a department spokesperson said.

Since January, the 1,000-member roadway crew has set a record pace, working around the clock to fix more than 75,000 potholes along the city’s rocky roads, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said.

“These tireless public servants … will be filling many more given the snowstorms the city has already faced this winter, and the wear and tear that inflicts,” Trottenberg said.

Potholes typically pop up around February and die down by April, though the timeline is dependent on weather, experts say.

They form when water, that slips into cracks under the road, freezes and expands when the temperature changes, causing a freeze and thaw cycle that damages the road.

It becomes a hole when heavy traffic rolls over the weakened spot.

“It’s crazy, especially now after all the snow. Forget about it,” said Jose Soto, who drives from Flushing to Astoria. “It ruins your tires. You can get in an accident. It’s annoying. You have to zigzag.”

It typically takes a few minutes for crews to fill, compact and seal a pothole, a DOT spokesperson said.

More work is expected to be done next week on residential streets and major roadways, including the Long Island Expressway’s (LIE) eastbound service road, between Little Neck Parkway and the Nassau County border, and 149th Street at 27th Avenue in Linden Hill, the DOT said.

“It’s like a minefield on the LIE,” said driver Risa Doherty, who commutes from Roslyn in Nassau County to Bayside. “Cars are swerving around the potholes at high speeds.”

To report a pothole, call 3-1-1 or visit nyc.gov.

Craters generally have to be at least one foot in diameter and three inches deep to be fixed, according to the DOT’s website.

 

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SUV fatally strikes woman in Jamaica


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A pedestrian is dead after an SUV hit he about a block from her Jamaica home Sunday night, police said.

Mosa Khatun, 38, was crossing the street about 9 p.m. at 169th Street and Highland Avenue, when a Nissan Pathfinder Armada struck her, according to the NYPD.

She was taken to Queens Hospital Center where she was pronounced dead.

There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

 

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Driver smashes cars in accident outside Bay Terrace poll site


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An elderly man smashed into two parked cars outside of a Bay Terrace poll site Tuesday while he was trying to drive out of a parking spot, witnesses said.

The man, who declined to give his name or age, said he had just voted at P.S. 169 at around noon when the collision occurred.

Witnesses said the driver rammed into the car in front of him and behind him multiple times. Nobody was in either car and the driver was not injured.

 “I heard the first smash and came over,” said Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., who was at the school to support his brother, City Council candidate Paul Vallone.

“He just kept on going backwards and forward. He must have done it three or four times,” Vallone Jr. said. “I kept yelling, ‘Stop the car,’ but he sped away on the other side of the street.”

The man soon returned to the scene, according to a poll worker. Police arrived but did not charge him with a crime.

 

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Car winterization secrets from a celebrity auto rebuilder


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Winter is on the way and it could shape up to be extra frigid in many parts of the country. AccuWeather.com has predicted the winter months at the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 could be comparable to the extreme cold much of the country experienced in the late 1970s.

Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer in extreme cold. Your vehicle could struggle, too, unless you take steps to winterize it before cold weather arrives.

“Today’s cars and trucks are overall more reliable than ever before,” said Dan Woods, host and producer of Speed’s “Chop Cut Rebuild” series. “Still, certain systems in all vehicles are more susceptible to cold, snow and ice. It’s important to prepare those systems to handle colder weather.”

Woods, who grew up in Canada having spent many a day on treacherous roadways, recommends owners give these areas special attention when prepping their vehicles for winter driving:

* Tires – Rubber is a naturally durable material, but extreme cold can cause cracks that could lead to a blowout. What’s more, even the best quality tire can lose traction on ice or snow. Before cold weather arrives, inspect your tires to ensure they’re in good condition. Replace tires that are approaching the end of their usable life and consider purchasing “All Weather” or snow tires for colder climates. Throughout the winter, check the air pressure in all four tires. Cold weather causes the pressure to drop (a pound per square inch for every 10 degrees of temperature). Keep tires inflated to the pressure recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

* Visibility – Headlights, windshield and windows, wipers and wiper fluid all need to function correctly to ensure you have the best vision while driving. Check headlights to be sure they’re working properly and adjusted for optimum visual acuity. Keep headlights, windshields and windows clean of the dirty buildup that can occur when driving over salted or sanded roads. Likewise, check windshield wipers to ensure they’re in top condition and replace them if they’re worn. Check the wiper fluid level regularly and keep the tank full with winter fluid – not water. If your car becomes covered with snow and ice, always clear all windows completely before you begin driving. “Nothing’s worse than seeing a car zipping down the road with nothing but a little view hole in the ice on the windshield,” Woods said. “Not only is it dangerous for you in the car because it limits your ability to see, it’s dangerous for other cars on the road if a chunk of snow or ice flies off your vehicle and blinds another driver.”

* Battery – Cold weather can be hard on your battery. Before temperatures dip, check the battery posts and connections to ensure they’re free of corrosion. Check the water level in the battery (most batteries are closed systems and fluid cannot be checked), and if it’s an older battery, consider having a mechanic test its ability to retain a charge. “It’s also a good idea to carry jumper cables, even if your battery is fairly new,” Woods said. “You never know when cold weather will drain a battery, and those cables in your trunk could help someone else out of a jam.”

* Belts and hoses – Many of the belts and hoses in your vehicle’s engine are made of rubber, and extreme cold could lead to cracking, breaking and ruptures. Inspect all belts and hoses that you can – some may only be accessible to a professional with a lift – and replace any that are worn.

* Coolant system – The temperature outside may be cold, but your engine is still a hot spot that requires coolant in order to function. If your coolant is frozen in the radiator, however, it’s not going to do your engine much good. Add antifreeze to your system before the weather gets cold. Strive for a mix of half antifreeze and half water. You can check the mixture with an antifreeze tester. If the mix is off, have the cooling system drained and refilled.

Finally, says Woods, it’s important to winterize your driving habits to adjust for bad weather.

“Slow down in snow and ice,” he advises. “Don’t drive while distracted or impaired. Pay attention to the road, traffic conditions and your vehicle. Leave extra stopping room even if there is no visible snow or ice on the road. ‘Black ice’ cannot be seen and is common on bridges and exit ramps. Winterizing your vehicle and driving appropriately for weather conditions are the best ways to ensure you drive safely this winter.”

 

Gas prices continue to roll back


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Gas prices have continued their more than two month slide.

Prices at the pump have reached their lowest point since mid-February, with the average price in New York City settling at $3.92, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

The cost of gas has fallen more than five cents in the past week and 24 cents since the beginning of May.

Last year, New York drivers were paying $4.13 for a gallon of gas.

Nationally, the average cost for a gallon of gas is $3.59, 20 cents lower than last month.

 

Fatal Accident on the Belt Parkway


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On Saturday, December, 17 2011 at 0420 hours, police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in the vicinity of the Belt Parkway and 116th Street, located within the confines of the 106 Precinct.  Upon arrival, responding officers determined that a 2009 Toyota Corolla, operated by a M/B/26 along with 4 additional passengers, was traveling eastbound on South Conduit Avenue when it left the roadway and rolled over onto the eastbound Belt Parkway causing a F/B/21 to be ejected from the rear of the vehicle.

EMS also responded to the location and transported the F/B/21 passenger to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced DOA.

EMS also transported the operator (M/B/26) and the front passenger (M/B/24) to Jamaica Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.  The remaining passengers (F/B/25 & F/B/24) were transported to Brookdale Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.

There has been no arrest(s) in regard to this incident and the investigation is ongoing.

Man Hit, Killed At Queens Road Junction


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Cops save freezing kayaker

Cops yesterday rescued a fisherman whose kayak was sinking in the Atlantic off Jacob Riis Park. The 46-year-old called 9-1-1 at 1:19 p.m. when his boat started taking on water. NYPD Harbor boats began a search, but it was an Aviation Unit Air-Sea Rescue helicopter that located the fisherman as he was clinging to the submerged vessel in the frigid water. The victim was suffering from hypothermia when scuba-diving Officers Jason Gregory and Darren Blum were deployed from the chopper. He was lifted into the aircraft from a basket and rushed to New York Community Hospital. Read More: New York Post

NY lawmaker urges grading system for street food

New York City restaurants get letter grades and now the city food carts may get the same. State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing legislation to require posted letter health grades for street vendors. Peralta says he wants to make sure whether the public eats in a quality restaurant or eats in a street mobile vending cart, that quality of the food meets certain health and safety standards. Read More: Fox News

Man Sues Boss Over Fat Jokes

A former New York furniture store employee says his manager was so fixated on his weight that she ordered him to establish a “fat club,” recruit members and act as its president. Thomas Hunt, 48, claims his manager at a Raymour & Flanigan furniture store in Queens, Marlene Albarano, relentlessly ribbed Hunt about his extra poundage — even denying him a promotion solely because of his appearance and once ordering him to walk around the building for 30 minutes on his lunch break. Read More: Fox News

Man Hit, Killed At Queens Road Junction

City fire officials say a man was walking near the Clearview-Long Island Expressway interchange in Fresh Meadows just before noon Sunday when he was hit and killed. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the car stayed on the scene and no criminality was suspected. Read More: NY1

Police Investigate Fatal Shooting Of Queens Teen

Police continue to investigate the shooting death of a teenage boy in front of a home in Queens. Officers were called to Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they found Eric Norman, 18, dead after being shot in the head. So far, there are no arrests. Read More: NY1

Boozing JetBlue passenger busted by off-duty NYPD cop
A vacationing Bronx cop on a flight home from the Dominican Republic is being hailed a mile-high hero for taking down a berserk passenger who attacked a flight attendant. About an hour into JetBlue Flight 832 to Kennedy Airport, an unruly passenger a few rows behind the officer got loud. Antonio Ynoa, 22, was pestering a flight attendant for soda to mix with his duty-free rum. The flight attendant told Ynoa opening duty-free alcohol onboard was prohibited and repeatedly told him to put it away. The unemployed Ynoa, who was returning to New York from visiting his wife in the Dominican Republic, carried on drinking and yelling profanities. Read More: Daily News


Police Blotter


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108th Precinct

Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside

Seek man for questioning in connection with bathtub death

Police are looking for a man they say they want to question in connection with the death of a 62-year-old man, whose body was discovered in a bathtub.

The incident happened on Wednesday, October 19 inside an apartment on 39th Drive. Upon arrival on the scene, police observed Wayne Graves in the bathtub with two puncture wounds to his head. EMS also responded and pronounced him dead at the scene.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

Police say the person they are looking for is a male black, 30 to 40 years old, 5’9″ to 6’0″ with a medium build.

111th Precinct

Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills, and Fresh Meadows

Officers of the 111th Precinct executed two arrests for robberies in unrelated incidents.

On October 21, a man was waiting for the bus at Bell Boulevard and 48th Avenue when he was approached by a male black who demanded his phone.

The perp grabbed the phone and began punching the victim in the face. He fled the scene with the cell, leaving the victim with abrasions and a bloody nose.

The suspect, 16, was arrested a half-hour after the incident at 211th Street and 46th Avenue. He was charged with robbery.

The second arrest happened a day later when a suspect approached a victim and said “Give me the $15 you owe me.”

He then allegedly punched the victim in the head. The victim chased the 15-year-old suspect, who was arrested and charged with robbery, according to a police source.

114th Precinct

Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, and Jackson Heights

Seek suspect who robbed food delivery man

The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect who is wanted in connection with the robbery of a food delivery man.

On Friday, August 26, in front of a location on Main Avenue, the suspect approached the victim, a 21-year-old man who had just made a food delivery, and threatened him. The suspect then went through the victim’s pockets and took $120 before fleeing on a bicycle.

The suspect is described as male black, approximately 16 to 19 years old, medium build, wearing a black T-shirt and camouflage shorts.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Fatal accident

On Monday, October 24, police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a pedestrian struck at Grand Central Parkway and 31st Street.

When officers arrived at the location, they determined that the man was attempting to cross the Grand Central Parkway when he was struck by a vehicle. EMS responded and took the victim to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The female driver of the vehicle had no injuries but was taken to Astoria General Hospital for observation. The vehicle remained on the scene. Police say there appears to be no criminality at this time.

Cop, inspired by 9/11, dies in crash on 9/11


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Officer Kevin Jessup

Services for Officer Kevin Jessup, 25, tragically killed on 9/11, allegedly by a drunk driver, have been announced.

Jessup, who was inspired to join the Force after the 9/11 terror attacks and had been with the 106th Precinct for about a year, was reportedly driving on the Southern State Parkway on Long Island with his girlfriend — having just celebrated her September 11 birthday — when his Nissan Maxima was rear-ended by Jonathan Lopez.

Lopez then reportedly went on to hit another car, while Jessup’s Maxima crashed into a guardrail and flipped, landing in the woods near the roadway.

A family member reportedly said that the girlfriend, identified as Crystal Simons — who sustained non-life threatening injuries — flagged down help.

Jessup was rushed to Nassau University Medical Center and was being prepped for surgery when he died.

The driver of the other car suffered minor injuries.

Lopez reportedly pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and assault.

A wake for Jessup will be held on Thursday, September 15 at Grace Funeral Chapel, 607 North Conduit Boulevard, Brooklyn, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 16 at 9:30 a.m.