No Charges in Fatal Hit-and-Run on Queens Boulevard

The scene of the crash. Photo: Google
The scene of the crash. Photo: Google

Police caught — but did not arrest or charge — the hit-and-run taxi driver who, cops say, ran down and killed a Queens Boulevard pedestrian on Sunday afternoon.

Lakhvinder Singh
Lakhvinder Singh

Cops say that 26-year-old Sherena Hundalani was on the sidewalk of the boulevard near 63rd Road at around 4 p.m. when the driver of a 2005 Lincoln Town Car hit her as he left the Mobil station, which is across from a busy shopping center. After hitting Hundalani, the driver continued west on Queens Boulevard, turning right onto Junction Boulevard, where he was stopped by a witness who “prevented the driver from leaving the scene,” a police spokesman told Streetsblog.

Police questioned, but did not arrest, the 55-year-old driver, whose name was not released by the NYPD, but who was later identified by the Taxi and Limousine Commission as Lakhvinder Singh. Hundalani was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, but could not be saved.

“The investigation remains ongoing,” police said in a statement. The Queens District Attorney’s office also issued a statement to that effect when asked by Streetsblog why there was no arrest in the case of a driver who, cops say, left the scene of a fatal crash.

TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg said the driver’s taxi license was immediately suspended pending the outcome of the NYPD investigation. He had been a driver since 2002 and did not have a bad record, Fromberg added.

Queens Boulevard was once known as the “Boulevard of Death” due to its high number of crashes. But fatalities and injuries have dropped dramatically since the city installed a protected bike lane from Roosevelt Avenue to Yellowstone Boulevard. The Department of Transportation says that total crashes are down 19 percent since the safety improvements were implemented, with total injuries down 24 percent.

Nonetheless, the final phase of the redesign — from Yellowstone to Union Turnpike — is stalled.

  • bluecanary1

    I assume the police will now start ticketing pedestrians and cyclists all over the vicinity.

  • We used to say that, if you want to get away with killing someone, you should do it with your car, and you won’t get in trouble if you stay at the scene. Now we can update that advice: even if you don’t stay at the scene, you’ll be just fine.

  • Canonchet

    Still no arrest? NY Post reports: “After hitting the young woman, the motorist just kept going until witnesses chased him down more than a block away, at the intersection of 62nd Drive and Junction Boulevard, police said. A witness told CBS New York that he was the one who stopped the runaway driver — by snatching away his keys.”

  • maxmaxed

    A degenerate mayor and city law prohibiting people from riding on sidewalks like anywhere else.

  • mona

    The taxi driver should be arrested and locked up because he might kill someone again considering he might have had a medical episode when he hit her and ran her over.

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