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Man seriously injured after jumping in front of LIRR train in Woodside: MTA  


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THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

Updated 2:00 p.m.

A 39-year-old man was seriously hurt Tuesday morning when he jumped in front of a train at the Long Island Rail Road Woodside station, the MTA said.

The man, a Sunnyside resident, was hit at about 10:30 a.m. after leaping from the platform into the path of a Ronkonkoma-bound train, according to the transit agency.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital with severe head and leg injuries.

Eastbound service from Penn Station, with the exception of the Port Washington branch, was suspended for about an hour because of the incident, the MTA said.

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Man fixing flat tire on Van Wyck fatally hit


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Updated Monday, Sept. 15, 4:41 p.m. 

A man was struck and killed Sunday morning as he was changing a flat tire on the Van Wyck Expressway near the John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.

The 43-year-old victim, Felix Galarra, of Ozone Park, was fixing the flat just after 4 a.m. when a minivan hit the man and his vehicle, according to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials.

A passenger in the victim’s vehicle and three people who were in the minivan were taken to Jamaica Hospital with apparent non-life threatening injuries, a Port Authority spokesman said.

A section of the Van Wyck Expressway leading to the airport was reportedly shut down until just before 11 a.m. because of the accident.

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Motorcyclist killed after van strikes group of people in Rosedale


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A motorcyclist was killed and several people were injured when a van struck a group of people as they were loading the man’s bike into a pickup truck in Rosedale Friday night, police said.

The 24 year-old victim was riding along Rockaway Boulevard near Brookville Boulevard that evening when his motorcycle became disabled. A pickup truck and several people met the motorcyclist to help him out at about 8:20 p.m., and, as they were loading the bike into the parked vehicle, a Chevy van hit the rear of the pickup truck and them, cops said.

Another vehicle driving behind the van then struck the rear of the van.

The motorcyclist, who has yet to be identified by police, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

Four of the other people standing on the road and the van’s driver were taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

The investigation is ongoing.

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79-year-old woman fatally struck by van in Rego Park


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An elderly pedestrian was killed Friday morning after she was hit by a van in Rego Park, cops said

The victim, a 79-year-old woman, who has yet to be identified by police, was trying to cross 99th Street at about 8:40 a.m. when she was struck as the vehicle was making a left-hand turn from 62nd Road, authorities said.

The woman was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said the driver remained on the scene and the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is investigating.

 

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Pedestrian struck, killed by truck in Woodhaven


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A man was killed when a truck fatally hit him at a Woodhaven intersection Wednesday afternoon, cops said.

The victim, who has yet to be identified by police, was crossing Atlantic Avenue at 85th Street about 3:40 p.m. when he was struck, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck driver, a 53-year-old man, remained at the scene and the NYPD is still investigating the accident, according to police.

 

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Livery cab hits pedestrian in Astoria


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A 27-year-old man was critically injured when a livery cab struck him as he was crossing an Astoria intersection Sunday, police said.

The accident occurred about 12:40 a.m. at Steinway Street and 31st Avenue, the NYPD said.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center in critical condition with head trauma, according to officials.

The driver remained on the scene of the accident.  No criminality is suspected and, according to a preliminary investigation, the victim was crossing against the pedestrian signal, police said. The accident is still under investigation.

 

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Van backing out of Ridgewood driveway fatally hits pedestrian


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A man was killed in Ridgewood Thursday night when a van struck him as it was pulling out of a driveway, police said.

The 25-year-old driver hit the man on 60th Lane near 75th Avenue about 10:45 p.m., according to the NYPD. The victim, who has yet to be identified by police, was in the roadway at the time of the accident, cops said.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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

 

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Two-year-old struck by SUV in Flushing


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A toddler is in critical condition after a vehicle hit him in Flushing Monday afternoon, cops said.

The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. on 196th Street near Northern Boulevard, according to police.

He ran out into the middle of the road when he was struck by the Mitsubishi Outlander, cops said.

The boy was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital with serious head trauma. He is in stable but critical condition, according to authorities.

Police said the driver remained on the scene and no criminality is suspected.

 

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Driver charged after fatally striking woman in Maspeth


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Updated Sunday, Jan. 19, 5:55 p.m.

A driver was arrested after hitting and killing a 68-year-old woman in Maspeth Saturday morning, police said.

Angela Hurtado, an Elmhurst resident, was crossing Grand Avenue at 69th Place about 11:20 a.m. when a Mitsubishi Montero struck her as it was making a left turn onto westbound Grand Avenue from northbound 69th Place, according to the NYPD.

Hurtado was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The driver, 28-year-old Abel Tinoco, remained at the scene, and was arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operator, the NYPD said. Tinoco was driving with a suspended license, according to a police source.

Witnesses told the New York Post they saw him making an illegal left turn before striking Hurtado.

 

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SUV hits, kills pedestrian in Bellerose


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An early morning accident in Bellerose Saturday left a pedestrian dead, police said.

A 2011 Ford Expedition struck an unidentified male about 6:50 a.m. near the Cross Island Parkway and Union Turnpike, according to the NYPD.

He was taken to North Shore-LIJ where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The 69-year-old driver remained on the scene and the NYPD’s Highway Patrol Collision Investigation Squad is investigating, police said.

 

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Man fatally struck by LIRR train at Woodside station


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THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

Updated 3:45 p.m.

A man was hit and killed by an LIRR train Tuesday night in Woodside after the train’s engineer saw him jump in front of the locomotive, an MTA spokesperson said.

An 11:35 p.m. train heading from Penn Station to Babylon struck the man, identified as Pawel Nierodzinski, 32, while the train was pulling into the LIRR Woodside stop, the MTA said.

The train’s engineer said that as the train entered the station, he saw a man crouch down and leap in front of the train before it hit him, according to the spokesperson.

Several eastbound and westbound LIRR trains experienced up to 10 to 30 minute delays due to the incident, the MTA said.

About 2:50 a.m. regular eastbound service in Queens was restored, and by 3 a.m. all trains were on or close to schedule.

 

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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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Woman struck by Queens-bound No. 7 train at Grand Central


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A woman fell into the path of a No. 7 train at Grand Central Station Thursday night after she passed out, police said.

The 32-year-old was waiting for the subway about 9:30 p.m. when she was hit by a Queens-bound train, according to the NYPD.

She was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, police said.

No. 7 train service had to be suspended between Grand Central and Hunters Point Avenue because of the accident.

 

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Pedestrians struck in Forest Hills by elderly driver


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PHOTO BY ROBERT STRIDIRON

Several pedestrians were struck at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in Forest Hills when an elderly driver stepped on the gas instead of the break, jumping the car from the street on to the sidewalk. The pedestrians were allegedly waiting for the bus. Those struck suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to an area hospital.

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Despite lawsuits, DOT work, off-ramp still unsafe


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A stretch of street – proven unsafe for cars, pedestrians and even storefronts – has “struck” again.

Following three crashes in as many months in 2011, another car accident occurred on May 1 at the off-ramp of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge, located on Queens Plaza South near Crescent Street in Long Island City.

A taxi driver came off of the exit and collided with scaffolding, but no one was injured during the incident.

The crash was the fourth overall in the last 12 months – including two accidents within nine days of each other last year, during which drivers were speeding and failed to negotiate the sharp turn at the end of the ramp, causing them to smash their cars into two nearby storefronts. One passenger and one pedestrian were killed in the accidents, and both drivers lost a limb.

The proprietors of the two stores – Espinal Caribbean Restaurant II and Villa De Beauté hair salon – are suing a number of parties, including the city, Department of Transportation (DOT) and the drivers and owners of the vehicles, for roughly $1 million in damages.

“There was negligence on the part of the various defendants,” said Scott Agulnick, the shop owners’ attorney. “Our lawsuit is not like a personal injury lawsuit. We are actually seeking real damages – the loss of equipment, inventory, improvements and revenue itself, along with the good faith the businesses had built. The various parties owe a duty to use the reasonable care that an ordinary person would do under those circumstances. Those people who are designing the roadway and the traffic pattern owed a reasonable duty when doing so to prevent a dangerous situation. The drivers of the vehicle owed a duty of care to keep their vehicles under control, and the owners of the vehicles are vicariously liable.”

The store owners, 44-year-old Tony Espinal and 32-year-old Akber Jiwani, were unavailable for comment.

Agulnick says Espinal is focusing on his other restaurant, while Jiwani, whose equipment and revenue was not insured, is struggling and uncertain regarding his future plans.
The recent crash represents the resurgence of a problem the city hoped it had already remedied.

Following last year’s barrage of accidents, the DOT attempted to improve safety conditions in the area by changing traffic patterns, increasing signs and erecting concrete barricades on the edge of the sidewalk.

According to DOT spokesperson Nicholas Mosquera, the department regularly reminds drivers of the appropriate speed limits on bridges and has also installed rumble strips, flashing lights and reflective tape at the off-ramp.

Senator Michael Gianaris, who was among several elected officials who requested the DOT institute the changes, believes more must be done to keep people out of harm’s way.

Despite the traffic improvements, many who work and live in the area still consider crossing near the ramp unsafe, while others believe the ramp is only dangerous when people do not follow proper traffic laws and procedures.

James Haran, who works down the block from the ramp, has seen damage done first hand.

“People are hectic coming off the bridge,” said Haran. “They cut people off and it can cause accidents. There is also a good amount of speeding. This is definitely not the best place to drive. I wouldn’t feel comfortable driving or crossing the street at this spot. My friend was hit by a speeding car at this spot two weeks ago. He is still in the hospital with a broken leg and has had four surgeries.”