Drivers Kill Three in Queens and the Bronx in Weekend of Vehicular Violence

Three pedestrians were killed by drivers, including two who fled the scene, in Queens and the Bronx over the weekend. A senior was seriously hurt in another hit-and-run crash, also in Queens.

Maria Dulce-Valencia was one of at least three pedestrians killed by motorists since Friday. Photo via Daily News

Raj Chohan, 59, had just exited her parked car when she was hit by an alleged drunk driver on 117th Street near 97th Avenue, in Richmond Hill, at around 7 p.m. Friday, the Daily News reports.

Vishwanand Subryan, 23, of Schenectady, was arrested not far from the scene. Subryan was charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, DWI and leaving the scene, the News reported.

At 9:49 p.m. Friday, an unidentified female pedestrian was hit by a motorist as she crossed Queens Plaza North near 27th Street, near the entrance to the Queensboro Bridge, according to DNAinfo.

Upon investigation police found that she was hit by a 69-year-old man who stayed on the scene. The driver had been headed west when he struck the woman as she crossed from south to north, police said. He swerved up onto a curb and struck a pillar after hitting her, police said.

The victim was declared dead on arrival at Mount Sanai Hospital. NYPD told Streetsblog her name has not yet been released, pending family notification.The driver has not been charged or summonsed, and the investigation is ongoing, NYPD said.

Maria Dulce-Valencia, 27, was struck by the driver of a black sedan at Bruckner Boulevard and Evergreen Avenue in Soundview at approximately 5:00 a.m. Sunday, reports say. From the Post:

“Olivia [Chavez, Dulce-Valencia’s girlfriend] saw it happen. Dulce was killed right in front of her,” said Valencia’s sister, Marnely, 28. “[Olivia] was standing eight feet from her when the car came and . . . just fainted.”

The driver fled the scene and remained at large as of Sunday afternoon, according to DNAinfo.

Also Sunday, a 79-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in Corona. DNAinfo reports that the victim was walking east on Junction Boulevard near 50th Avenue at around 3 p.m. when she was struck. She was transported to Elmhurst Hospital and was in critical condition.

In another crash that could have been much worse, a 19-year-old killed himself and injured his passenger Sunday afternoon when he struck another vehicle and slammed his car into a pole on Linden Boulevard. And a motorcyclist and his passenger were killed on Saturday afternoon when they hit an SUV as the driver was making a U-turn at 20th Avenue and 24th Street in Ditmars.

  • Eric McClure

    How comforting to know that we’ll take at least as much action in response to these needless deaths as we will to this morning’s needless deaths at the D.C. Navy Yard.

    Hate to be a downer, but sometimes I feel like just packing up and moving to Europe. And oh, yeah, no weekly vote to repeal healthcare coverage, either.

  • Anonymous

    Uh, Bill De Blasio–you out there? Care to draw some attention to your “vision zero” plan? How about weighing in here?

  • Andrew

    Why, is there an election coming up or something?

  • Rabi Abonour

    Can we agree, separate from any other punishment, hit-and-run should come with an automatic permanent drivers license revocation? If you cause an accident and flee the scene you have no business driving.

  • Russell’s Teapot

    Old man driver. Please ban them!

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