Crowley prods community to provide tips on Gibbons hit-and-run suspects

Eamon Gibbons holds a photo of his brother George. Photo by Christina Santucci
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City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said she is certain someone in the community knows where the man wanted for allegedly killing the owner of a popular Maspeth bar in a hit-and-run accident last month is hiding and urged them to come forward Wednesday.

“There are people in our neighborhood who know where he is,” Crowley said, referring to 36-year-old Peter Rodriguez, who police say allegedly drove the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway near 58th Road and hit a livery cab that Gibbons’ Home bar owner George Gibbons was riding in.

Gibbons was taken to Elmhurst Hospital following the Oct. 15 accident and pronounced dead on arrival.

A $10,000 reward has been posted for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of Rodriguez.

“Things like this aren’t supposed to happen in Maspeth and Middle Village,” Crowley told Community Board 5.

Crowley said Rodriguez is “a danger now more than ever” after the 36-year-old missed a recent parole hearing while on the lam.

The councilwoman said there has been some “discussion” that Rodriguez worked at a local bar.

“He should never have been working in a bar in our community,” she said.

Community residents are planning to go back to the Maspeth Triangle by Grand Avenue and the Long Island Expressway, where they announced the creation of the reward money, at 1 p.m. Sunday to raise awareness about the reward and urge resident to come forward with tips on Rodriguez.

Reach reporter Howard Koplowitz by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

Updated 4:59 pm, November 10, 2011
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Gary from Maspeth says:
Middle Village has been going down the toilet for years. Section 8 housing and a tolerance for drug culture has ruined the community. Get out while property values are holding.
Nov. 10, 2011, 10:25 pm
Edia from Maspeth says:
This has nothing to do with property value so if your comment is not sensitive maybe keep it to yourself next time
Nov. 11, 2011, 1:41 pm
GM from Ridgewood says:
What a COWARD this guy is. His mugshot is everywhere, hell either be found or have to live out the rest of his meaningless existence in hiding... my condolences to the family and friends of George Gibbons.
Nov. 11, 2011, 2:10 pm
joe from maspeth says:
section 8 housing and scum on drugs is exactly whats happening .i deal with them every day and last few years its trippled
Nov. 11, 2011, 2:11 pm
Victoria from Maspeth says:
This has nothing to do with property values and what neighborhoods are better - what this has to do with is a good and wonderful man's life cut short. Justice will be served and soon. This was a great loss to the Maspeth community as the Gibbons family been very active. It effects us all and it's up to us as residents to keep our neighborhood safe. Someone knows where he is and they are just as wrong with holding the information within. Peter Rodriguez lacks common sense and refuses to turn himself in for the wrong that "he" did - a REAL man owns up to his mistakes and the article speaks for itself saying that he missed his parole hearing. I don't understand how anyone can live with themselves knowing what they did. He can't hide forever and once he is caught it will be a relief on the community as a whole. Nothing can take away the pain the family is feeling - I couldn't imagine and I give them my sincere condolences. We need to keep our eyes WIDE open and our ears unclogged.
Nov. 11, 2011, 2:13 pm

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