By Madina Toure
A Corona man died after being struck by a car and thrown to the pavement in Flushing early Sunday morning, police said.
At about 1:09 a.m., police responded to a call of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle near 40-05 College Point Blvd.
Upon arrival, officers discovered Mariano Contreras, 41, unconscious and unresponsive in the street, police said. EMS transported Contreras to New York Hospital Queens where he was pronounced dead.
A preliminary investigation shows that Contreras was trying to cross College Point Boulevard outside of any marked crosswalks, officials said.
He entered the northbound lane when he was struck by a vehicle that appeared to be a dark-colored SUV, police said. The vehicle fled the scene northbound on College Point Boulevard.
Contreras was thrown to the pavement, coming to rest in the right shoulder of the northbound lane, police added.
There were no arrests and the investigation was ongoing by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad, according to a police spokeswoman.