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Pedestrian fatally struck while crossing Northern Boulevard in Corona

A man was struck and killed while crossing Northern Boulevard between 100th Street and 101th Street Monday morning, police said.
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A 47-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing Northern Boulevard from north to south, between 100th Street and 101th Street, in Corona Monday at around 12:30 a.m., according to the NYPD.

The man, identified as Carlos Gavilanes, was found lying on the roadway with trauma to the body. He was rushed to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“My heart goes out to the family and friends of Carlos Gavilanes, who was tragically killed in an accident this morning as he was crossing Northern Boulevard, near 101st Street,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “Serious and deadly accidents are becoming too common along this busy corridor.”

The driver, a 24-year-old woman, operating a 2003 Honda Civic, was traveling westbound in the left travel lane when she hit Gavilanes, according to an investigation by the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad.

The driver remained at the scene of the incident and was uninjured. There are no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing, police said.

The incident occurred three weeks after nine-year-old Giovanni Ampuero was struck and killed on Northern Boulevard near 70th Street on April 30. Following Ampuero’s death, city the Department of Transportation installed a Leading Pedestrian Interval at the crash site of 70th Street and Northern Boulevard earlier this month. Next month, they plan to implement left turn calming measures at key intersections between 58th Street and Junction Boulevard.

“Recently, I publicly welcomed some of the initial changes the city’s Department of Transportation implemented on this thoroughfare, but more needs to be done,” said Peralta. “As DOT is working to install additional safety improvements, including left turn traffic calming measures, we need to ensure deaths on the boulevard do not continue to happen. This is unacceptab­le.”

Reach reporter Carlotta Mohamed by e-mail at cmohamed@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4526.

Updated 1:04 pm, May 21, 2018
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Helton from Flushing says:
While my condolences go to Mr. Gavilanes' family and before Peralta gets on his soapbox about "serious and dangerous accidents", there are some disturbing facts in play here.

Apparently, the victim was not crossing at the intersection. The article says he was struck while crossing between 100th St and 101st St.

It was 12:30 AM - in the darkness of night, making it that much harder for the driver to see him.

Furthermore, if Mr. Gavilanes was wearing dark colored clothing, it's possible the driver never saw him until it was too late, if she even saw him at all.

The driver remained at the scene so it was not a hit and run. She was not arrested so it seems as if she was not speeding.

Listen - we know that there are reckless and dangerous drivers out there, but more and more, we see pedestrians doing things that will increase their chances of being struck by a car.

We've all seen it in modern life - pedestrians wearing headphones, pedestrians texting while wearing headphones, etc.

Sometimes accidents are unavoidable, but drivers and pedestrians must do all that they can to minimize the chances of there being an accident.

Mr. Gavilanes took some chances and unfortunately paid with his life.

Peralta is wrong to immediately start with stating generalities.
May 21, 1:40 pm
Right from Queens says:
I agree with Helton.....many times I almost ran into someone because they walked in front of my car against the light. Especially while driving around Jamaica! Stop walking in the middle of the street against the light. It's not fair that drivers are the only ones held responsible for accidents when some of these pedestrian's damn well know they are the ones who came out of nowhere! Be cautious when you walk across the street because you never know who's out there driving! We live in a city where probably over 2 million households own a car. Your chances of getting hit are VERY high.
May 21, 5:37 pm

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