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Four killed in crashes in Queens this weekend, including a 5-year-old boy – Queens Daily Eagle

By Ryan Schwach

Four people, including a 5-year-old boy, were killed this weekend in three unrelated incidents of traffic violence, all within a day of each other in Queens.

The three incidents, one in College Point, one in Elmhurst and one on the Van Wyck Expressway in South Queens, marked a bloody weekend for Queens as the community deals with a historically grim street situation.

The deaths come after Queens earlier this year experienced the deadliest first quarter on borough streets in a decade.

The first of the three incidents happened Saturday evening around 6 p.m. in College Point, the Daily News reported.

According to reports, a 5-year-old was running into the street on 124th Street, not far from Poppenhusen Playground, when he was hit by a 25-year-old woman driving a Honda CR-V.

The child suffered head injuries and was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals Jacobi, where he was pronounced dead, police said

“When this one car came, it came slow and fast at the same time and this kid was just crossing the street and we heard ‘bang,’” a witness told the Daily News. “We went to take a look and then we saw a small child lying under the car. We screamed, ‘Whose child is this?!’”

The driver remained at the scene and was seen crying. No arrests were immediately made.

The boy, whose identity is currently unknown, is the third child under the age of 10 to die in traffic violence since November, following the death of 3-year-old Quintus Chen in November and the death of 8-year-old Bayron Palomino Arroyo. in March.

The second crash over the weekend occurred the next morning, around 4:30 a.m. on the busy Van Wyck Expressway, when a man was struck by a police officer in an NYPD vehicle.

According to an NBC report, the highway patrolman driving a patrol vehicle detained the 23-year-old man on the southbound side of the highway around Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill.

The victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital but was pronounced dead.

The driver was on his way to another incident and was attempting to change lanes when he struck the man. It is not known why the victim was walking on the highway.

The officer remained at the scene.

The third incident occurred later on Sunday evening, this time in Elmhurst, when two men on a moped were killed in a collision.

The crash happened in the Western Queens neighborhood around 8:20 p.m., Gothamist reported, when the driver of a Volkswagen hatchback turned onto 57th Avenue near 82nd Street.

The driver allegedly crossed the center line and struck the bicycle and its two riders, who were traveling in the opposite direction.

The two riders were pronounced dead, one at the scene and the other at Elmhurst Hospital.

The driver continued with the bike still attached to the front bumper, hitting two other parked cars before bursting into flames. The driver then fled the scene.

No arrests have been made.

The bloody Queens weekend continues a grim trend for the World’s Borough, where 22 people were killed in the first three months of 2024, accounting for 37 percent of the 60 deaths citywide, making it Queens’ deadliest first three months in marks the past decade.