Police are investigating the death of a 72-year-old man who was struck and killed by a cab while he apparently attempted to cross the Grand Central Parkway in East Elmhurst on Monday night.
Law enforcement sources said the incident occurred just before 11:18 a.m. on Dec. 5 along the eastbound lanes of the parkway just east of the Northern Boulevard exit.
According to authorities, the 72-year-old man — whose identity has not yet been disclosed pending family notification — was seen attempting to cross the parkway from south to north as a 2014 Toyota Sienna yellow cab approached.
Although the cab driver attempted to swerve out of the elderly man’s way, police said, the victim was clipped by the driver’s side front portion of the vehicle. The cab driver remained at the scene.
Officers from the 115th Precinct, the NYPD Highway Patrol and EMS units responded to the incident. The elderly man was rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
City traffic laws prohibit pedestrians from walking along or across limited access roads such as the Grand Central Parkway; it’s not known yet why the victim was attempting to cross the roadway.
The Collision Investigation Squad’s inquiry into the death is ongoing.