Elmhurst Man Never Made It Home Christmas Morning

Hit-And-Run Driver Sought By Cops

Police are searching for the hit-and-run driver who killed an Elmhurst man attempting to cross a Corona street early on Christmas morning last Wednesday, Dec. 25, it was reported.

The victim was identified by law enforcement sources as Enrique Clemente-Ovando, 29, of Benham Street.

Reportedly, the deadly accident occurred at about 4:30 a.m. last Wednesday in front of a location on Astoria Boulevard near 31st Avenue.

According to information obtained by police, Clemente- Ovando was trying to cross Astoria Boulevard when he was hit by a vehicle traveling eastbound on the roadway.

Authorities said the vehicle- believed to be a beige Toyota Camry with Pennsylvania license plates- did not stop and fled from the scene after hitting the victim.

Members of the 115th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Clemente-Ovando, who suffered severe body trauma, was rushed by paramedics to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

An inquiry by the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing, police said.

Anyone with any information regarding the hit-and-run accident that could prove helpful is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-577-TIPS, by text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

All calls and messages will be kept confidential.