Police have booked an 81-year-old tow truck driver from Glendale for fatally hitting an 81-year-old woman at a Flushing intersection last week.
On Thursday, March 9, at approximately 2:59 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Holly Avenue and Kissena Boulevard. Upon arrival, police found 81-year-old Ping Xie of Elder Avenue unconscious and unresponsive with head trauma.
EMS transported Xie to New York Presbyterian-Queens Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries later that day.
Police determined that Xie was walking across Kissena Boulevard in the crosswalk when a tow truck traveling westbound on Holly Avenue struck the victim while making a left turn onto southbound Kissena Boulevard.
The driver of the truck, identified as 81-year-old Frederick J. Alsterberg of Woodhaven Boulevard in Glendale, remained at the scene.
Alsterberg was subsequently charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care, and was given a windshield tint violation.
The investigation is ongoing by the NYPD’s Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad.
The deadly incident occurred less than a week after an unidentified driver of an SUV struck and critically injured a 76-year-old man as he biked along a Flushing street. The hit-and-run crash took place at 5:30 p.m. on March 3 at the corner of Elder Avenue and Colden Street.
In the wake of these two accidents, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic called on city agencies to examine the area’s roadways.
“My deepest sympathies go out to the friends and family of the elderly woman who was tragically struck by a vehicle in my district yesterday and succumbed to her injuries today,” Rozic said. “My office is closely monitoring the situation and I am yet again calling on the Department of Transportation to work closely with the NYPD 109th Precinct and immediately assess the area to ensure safe roads for our seniors in Flushing.”