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The e-scooter rider who was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer driver in Flushing was 82-years-old: NYPD

Dec. 29, 2023 By Bill Parry

New details have emerged from the investigation into the fatal hit-and-run on Northern Boulevard that killed an electric scooter rider in Flushing on Thursday morning.

The NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad has determined that the victim was an 82-year-old man who was traveling eastbound on Northern Boulevard in the left turn lane.

The senior proceeded to turn left onto the westbound lanes of Northern Boulevard at Parsons Boulevard when he was struck by the driver of a red 2015 International tractor-trailer that was traveling eastbound on Northern Boulevard. The truck driver drove away from the scene of the collision westbound on Northern Boulevard, according to investigators.

Transportation Alternatives says that stretch of Northern Boulevard in Flushing “is a highway masking as a road,” and called on the Adams administration to do more to protect riders in Eastern Queens. Photo courtesy of Transportation Alternatives

EMS responded to the location and pronounced the 82-year-old man dead at the scene. The identity of the deceased is pending proper family notification, police said.

No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.

The hit-and-run prompted Transportation Alternatives to call for additional safety measures for bike riders along the stretch. The group also called on the NYPD to track down the perpetrator.

“We are devastated to learn that a driver has killed another New Yorker riding a bike in a hit-and-run,” TA Executive Director Danny Harris said. “This hit-and-run driver must be found and held accountable. Northern Boulevard is a highway masking as a road. With several lanes of through traffic and a design that puts cars above all else, it’s designed to be dangerous. 2023 has been the safest year for pedestrians under Vision Zero, and it’s time for Mayor Adams to bring that same urgency and dedication to protecting bike riders on our roads — especially in eastern Queens.”

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