Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Ran Down Pedestrian on Sidewalk

Via Gothamist: Early Saturday morning, a driver ran over a pedestrian on the sidewalk in Astoria inflicting serious injuries, then sped off, continuing to drive on the sidewalk. Police told Gothamist that the victim suffered a broken leg and concussion, and they’re looking for help locating the hit-and-run driver.

The collision at 30th Avenue and 45th Street was captured in this disturbing footage sent out by the 114th Precinct:

When we talk about Vision Zero, we’re talking about preventing violence like this on NYC streets.

If you have information about the perpetrator of this hit-and-run, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS, or submit a tip to the Crime Stoppers website.

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    That guy’s crazy! I know the area well, he must have been drunk or high to drive on the sidewalk, let alone at such speed. A white Toyota Camry maybe 2008-2010 model, must have had front end damage, that’s all I can tell from the video. Let this be a sign for the DOT to install more of these bad boys:

    http://www.naparstek.com/uploaded_images/corner.jpg-762414.jpg

  • Mike Dunlap

    He’ll be caught and given a serious fine. Possibly even a little probation. When it comes to car drivers maiming or killing pedestrians and cyclists, this city has shown it doesn’t mess around.

  • carma

    this has nothing to do with vision zero. this was a premeditated attempted murder. it just so happens the car was the convenient weapon

    you can have speed limits of 5mph and this thug would have done the same thing.

  • sammy davis jr jr

    This was most likely not his first offense. With vision zero he would have likely been in jail already. Police make very little contact with drivers and over the years that has emboldened drivers to act recklessly. Too many times you read in the news about a fatality by an unlicensed or suspended licensed driver. With regular police contact fewer of them would be getting behind the wheel in the first place.

  • carma

    vision zero would have done nothing to prevent a criminal from an attempted murder.

    how would lowering the legal speed limit prevent any criminal from driving to “kill” in this case.

  • qrt145

    How do you know that this was a premeditated attempted murder? Since you can read the perpetrator’s mind you presumably know who it was. I’m sure the police would appreciate if you could pass that information along.

    Who said anything about speed limits? Perhaps road design could have prevented this particular crash. Or maybe, like sammy davis jr jr wrote, if the perpetrator had been in jail already, the crash would certainly have been prevented.

  • sammy davis jr jr

    If vision zero was just about lowering the speed limit, then you’re correct. But I guess you understood vision zero as poorly as you understood the point in my first comment.

  • walks drives bikes

    Road design would have done nothing here, except if bollards were installed as noted below. Streets there are wide open. I used to live right there. If the driver was driving on the sidewalk, it was because s/he wanted to drive on the sidewalk.

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