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Corona man killed in hit-and-run on College Point Boulevard

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A 41-year-old man died on Sunday after being struck by a car while attempting to cross College Point Boulevard in Flushing, police said.

Police responded to a call at 1:05 a.m., informing them of an injured pedestrian at 40-05 College Point Blvd.

The man, identified as Mariano Contreras of Corona, was found unconscious and unresponsive and EMS transported him to New York Hospital of Queens, where he was pronounced dead.

Contreras was allegedly trying to cross College Point Boulevard from east to west outside of any marked crosswalks, police said. He entered the northbound lane when he was reportedly struck by a dark colored SUV, which fled the scene going northbound. Contreras was thrown to the pavement during the collision and was found on the right shoulder of the northbound lane.

There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.


Bellerose man killed by drunk driver in Long Island hit-and-run

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A 22-year-old Queens man riding his bicycle on a Long Island street early Thursday morning was killed by a drunk driver, who later tried to flee the scene but was arrested, according to authorities.

On Oct. 1 at about 12:36 a.m. Melissa McKiski, a Florida resident, struck Charles Velasquez of Bellerose as he was riding his bicycle eastbound in the westbound curb lane on Old Country Road in Carle Place, Long Island, police said.

McKiski left the scene but was later apprehended at Herricks Road and Helen Road in Mineola.

Velasquez was taken to Winthrop University Hospital where at 4:32 a.m. he was pronounced dead.

McKiski was charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatality.


Pedestrian struck in Forest Hills hit-and-run

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Police are searching for a driver who struck a pedestrian crossing Union Turnpike on Sunday evening in Forest Hills.

The victim—a man in his 30s—was crossing the turnpike near a Super Stop & Shop grocery store when he was struck by a burgundy Jeep with New York license plates at around 9:45 p.m., according to cops.

The driver fled the scene of the incident shortly after the accident.

Authorities said the victim was taken to Jamaica Medical Center in critical condition with head trauma injuries.

The incident is still under investigation.


Suspects sought for Woodside hit-and-run robbery

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Police released images on Friday of two men wanted for striking a man with a car, then taking his property near a Woodside nightclub last month.

The hit-and-run robbery occurred at 2 a.m. on Aug. 15 outside the Medusa Lounge located at 25-18 50th St.

According to authorities, the perpetrators – described as black males – chased the 29-year-old man out of the lounge, entered a nearby black vehicle and then struck the victim.

Once the victim was on the ground, police said, the suspects exited the vehicle and removed the man’s necklace, money and cellphone, then got back in the car and sped away.

Officers from the 114th Precinct responded to the incident; the victim was taken to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery 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.


Bicyclist killed in East Elmhurst hit-and-run

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A man was killed in East Elmhurst Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene, police said.

At about 2:30 p.m., the victim who was riding his bicycle was hit at 30th Avenue and 92nd Street, according to the NYPD. The driver fled the scene.

The bicyclist was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police withheld the victim’s identity pending family notification.


MTA train operator arrested in hit-and-run death of celebrity jeweler in Forest Hills

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Photo via Instagram/@rafaello_eric

Updated 4:29 p.m.

An MTA train operator has been arrested for striking and killing a well-known jeweler in Forest Hills with his car, authorities said.

Charles Jordan, 46, of Long Island, is currently awaiting arraignment on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting a death and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the district attorney’s office said.

Aron Aranbayev, 40, had just gotten dropped off steps from his home on 71st Avenue near 110th Street at about 11:15 p.m. on July 19 when Jordan drove up and got into a heated argument with him. According to prosecutors, Jordan then allegedly put his Dodge Magnum in reverse, backed up, put it into drive, accelerated and then intentionally hit Aranbayev with his vehicle before speeding away.

Aranbayev was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries the following day, authorities said.

Jordan’s arrest follows the release of video footage a week ago of his car from the night of the incident.

According to the New York Post, there was a $50,000 reward fund to help locate the driver who hit Aranbayev.

Aranbayev, a married father of four who was also known as “Eric,” was a jeweler at his family-owned store Rafaello & Co. in Manhattan’s Diamond District, reports said. His celebrity clients included Floyd Mayweather, Sean Combs, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Brown.

Mayweather had donated $10,000 to the reward fund, with the additional $25,000 coming from Aranbayev’s family and $15,000 from an anonymous donor.

Jordan, who faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, has been suspended without pay from the MTA following the arrest, a spokesman for the agency said. Jordan has worked for the MTA since 2000, when he was hired as a conductor. In 2006, he was promoted to a train operator.


Hit-and-run driver’s fib backfires in St. Albans

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A bad lie got a Long Island man into big trouble with the law in St. Albans this week.

Officers from the 113th Precinct arrested Gary Joseph, 31, who allegedly struck several parked cars and then ditched his vehicle in the area of 198th Street and 122nd Avenue in St. Albans at about 3:45 a.m. on Monday.

Nearly four hours later, police said, Joseph called 911 and met Police Officers Jose Suriel and Angel Ramos in front of a home on Nashville Boulevard between 120th and 121st avenues. Hours earlier, Joseph told the officers, he left his vehicle idling in front of that location unattended and that it had been purportedly stolen.

Using their department-issued smartphones, authorities said, the officers checked the vehicle license plate that Joseph provided them. Within moments, the officers determined that a vehicle with the same plates had been involved in the St. Albans hit-and-run accident that morning.

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Suriel and Ramos transported Joseph to the 113th Precinct’s station house for questioning, during which the suspect admitted to causing the accident. Reportedly, Joseph swerved his vehicle in an attempt to avoid striking a cat on the street.

Joseph was charged with falsely reporting an incident and leaving the scene of an accident.


Pol revisits traffic safety concerns after Lindenwood hit-and-run

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Photo courtesy of Phil Goldfeder's office

A traffic triangle in Lindenwood that residents say has been a source of problems for years was the scene of a hit-and-run accident on Sunday night.

The driver, who blew a stop sign on 153rd Avenue as he was making a left on 88th Street, hit a woman who was crossing the street, according to police. The woman was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center after the accident.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has repeatedly called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to make changes to the intersection, and on Monday, he asked the agency once again to examine how to make the area safer for pedestrians.

“For far too long, the traffic triangle at 88th Street and 153rd Avenue has been a danger for motorists and pedestrians in Lindenwood,” Goldfeder said. “Sadly, this most recent reported hit-and-run once again underscores the need to take immediate steps to improve this dangerous situation.”

The DOT is currently conducting a study to determine how safety can be improved. Once the study is complete in the next few weeks and the agency determines if any improvements can be made, the safety enhancements will be presented to the community, a DOT spokesperson said.

The agency will also daylight the area to improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians.

“I urge DOT Queens Commissioner [Nicole] Garcia to build on our most recent, productive visit to the triangle and work to prevent another accident from happening,” Goldfeder said.


Video released of vehicle that struck and killed jeweler in Forest Hills

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Updated Friday, July 24, 9:04 a.m.

Police have released video footage of the vehicle that reportedly fatally struck a jeweler to the stars following an argument between the victim and driver in Forest Hills Sunday night.

Aron Aranbayev was just steps from his 71st Avenue home near 110th Street at about 11:15 p.m. when he allegedly got into a dispute with the driver. According to police, the driver then hit Aranbayev with his vehicle before fleeing.

Officers from the 112th Precinct and EMS responded to the scene. Aranbayev was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Monday, authorities said.

His death has been ruled a homicide and police are still looking for the driver, who was behind the wheel of a dark-colored Dodge Magnum. Thursday night, the NYPD released video of the car.

Aranbayev, who was also known as “Eric,” was a jeweler at his family-owned store Rafaello & Co. in Manhattan’s Diamond District, reports said. His celebrity clients included Floyd Mayweather, Sean Combs, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Brown.

With @iamdiddy last night in the A! #BadBoy #MMG #ATL #TeamRafaello @rafaelloandco

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Boxing star Mayweather has donated $10,000 to a reward fund to help locate the driver who hit Aranbayev, according to the New York Post. In total, the fund is offering a $50,000 reward, with the additional $25,000 coming from Aranbayev’s family and $15,000 from an anonymous donor.

Anyone with information regarding the incident 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 looking for driver who fatally struck man in Forest Hills

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A 40-year-old Forest Hills man is dead after he was struck by a car just steps from his home following a dispute with a driver Sunday night, police said.

Aron Aranbayev was on 71st Avenue near 110th Street at about 11:15 p.m. when he allegedly got into the argument with a driver of a dark colored Dodge Magnum. According to authorities, the driver then hit Aranbayev with his vehicle before speeding away.

Officers from the 112th Precinct and EMS responded to the scene. Aranbayev was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Monday. His death has now been classified as a homicide, police said.

According to CBS New York, Aranbayev is a well-known jeweler with celebrity clients, working at his family’s store Rafaello & Co. on West 47th Street in Manhattan.

Police are still searching for the driver.

Anyone with information regarding the incident 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.


Arrest in deadly Astoria hit-and-run

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An unlicensed driver has been arrested for blowing through a stop sign before fatally striking a young woman in Astoria Saturday and fleeing the scene, prosecutors announced.

Nicholas Colleran, 24, of Astoria, was charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting a death, third-degree falsely reporting an incident, failure to stop for a stop sign, driving by an unlicensed operator, failure to exercise due care and a violation of the city’s administrative code – right of way, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

The victim, Betty DiBiasio, 21, was crossing a marked crosswalk at the intersection of Ditmars Boulevard and 19th Street, just blocks from her home, at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, when Colleran drove through a stop sign in his 2002 Chevy Impala without stopping and struck DiBiasio, according to officials.

Witnesses allegedly said that DiBiasio hit the driver’s side windshield before falling to the ground and the car drove off without stopping. She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, Colleran allegedly called 911 about an hour after the accident to report his Chevy stolen and in a vehicle theft investigation report claimed it had been taken from a parking lot in the back of his residence. But later that morning, it was discovered in another location in Astoria with a broken windshield and driver’s side-view mirror, and a damaged driver’s side front fender.

There also appeared to be blood and hair in the driver’s side windshield, where it was broken, and, according to the district attorney’s office, was consistent with a vehicle striking a pedestrian and the pedestrian hitting the windshield.

On Sunday, Colleran turned himself in at the 114th Precinct in Astoria, where he allegedly admitted to police that he had two beers before driving and had struck DiBiasio. Colleran, who was unable to produce a valid driver’s license, also said that he panicked after hitting DiBiasio and fled the scene. He then called the police and falsely reported his vehicle stolen.

If convicted Colleran faces up to seven years in prison.



Astoria woman killed in hit-and-run on Ditmars Boulevard

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An Astoria woman was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday in an early morning collision.

The woman, identified by police as 21-year-old Betty Jean Dibiasio, was crossing Ditmars Boulevard near 19th Street when a car going westbound smacked into her, knocking her onto the ground and causing a serious head injury, cops said. The driver then fled the area, authorities said.

Officers responded to the scene around 12:30 a.m. and found Dibiasio unconscious with a severe head injury. She was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where officials pronounced her dead.

No arrests have been made and an investigation on the incident is ongoing.

The accident comes a day after local Astoria leaders unveiled safety improvements for 21st Street between Hoyt Avenue South and Queens Plaza. The two-mile stretch has had five fatalities and seven severe injuries between 2009 and 2013.

And although it’s uncertain at this time if the hit-and-run driver was speeding, starting this summer the Department of Transportation will implement a slow zone in Astoria to lessen fatal auto accidents.

The streets inside the boundaries of Astoria Boulevard to the north, Steinway Street to the east, 30th Avenue to the south and 21st Street to the west will all be included in the slow zone, which will be implemented later this summer. Those boundary streets (Astoria Boulevard, etc.) will not be part of the zone itself; only the local streets inside will be.

The current speed of the affected streets, which include a long section of Newtown Avenue, will be reduced from the current 25 mph to 20 mph, and 14 speed bumps and new signage will be added throughout to remind motorists to reduce their speeds.


88-year-old bicyclist dies following hit-and-run in South Ozone Park

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An 88-year-old man who was hit by a fleeing driver as he was riding his bike in South Ozone Park last week has died, police announced Tuesday.

Mohamed Ali was riding his bike on the sidewalk along 131st Street near Rockaway Boulevard just before 1 p.m. on April 16 when a blue sedan struck him as the bicyclist entered the street, authorities said. The vehicle then fled the scene.

EMS rushed Ali to Jamaica Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Ali’s family is hoping the driver, who is still at large, will be brought to justice soon, according to published reports. The South Ozone Park resident was an immigrant from Guyana and great-great-grandfather.

“If that person does come forward and they do try to redeem themselves or repent for what that person did, I think it would at least give some people some closure in this family,” one of Ali’s grandsons, Khalid Janeer, told WABC.


Ridgewood man arrested in Ozone Park hit-and-run

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A Ridgewood driver was apprehended Sunday night shortly after hitting a man on a scooter with his SUV in Ozone Park and fleeing the scene, police said.

The 35-year-old victim was riding his scooter southbound on Woodhaven Boulevard just after 10 p.m. when an SUV that was traveling northbound on Woodhaven struck him as it was making a turn at Rockaway Boulevard, cops said. The vehicle then fled.

Police took the suspect, Darren Roach, 47, into custody near his home at Onderdonk and 70th avenues a short time later.

Roach has been charged with leaving the scene and criminal possession of a weapon for having a stun gun, according to police.

The scooter rider was taken to Jamaica Hospital with a right leg injury.




Elderly bicyclist struck in South Ozone Park hit-and-run

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Updated Friday, April 17, 9:13 a.m.

Police are looking for the driver who hit an 88-year-old bicyclist in South Ozone Park Thursday afternoon.

The victim was riding his bike on 131st Street near Rockaway Boulevard at about 1 p.m. when a blue sedan struck him, authorities said. The vehicle then fled.

The bicyclist was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition.