By Bill Parry
A family of four were struck by a cement truck at 55th Avenue and Junction Boulevard in Corona around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the NYPD.
The mother was transported to Elmhurst Hospital Center with a severe leg injury, according to a source who added that the father, son and daughter were also brought to Elmhurst with minor injuries.
The driver of the Corona Transit Mix truck stayed at the scene and was not arrested, sources said.
“Here we go again. Just days after 17-year-old Ovidio Jamarillo lost his life to a hit-and-run driver in Elmhurst, we are now learning that two adults and two children ages 3 and 5 have been injured,” state Sen. Jose Peralta said. “It is further troubling that this collision took place within steps of a public school just around the time of dismissal. Enough is enough.”
Peralta and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) met with Department of Transportation officials earlier in the day to discuss safety issues on the dangerous roadways in the area. The meeting took place at the intersection of Junction Avenue and Northern Boulevard, where Jaramillo was killed the night of Dec. 8.
“Today’s collision reaffirms the urgency we have for safety improvements for families in Corona and East Elmhurst. Swift action must be taken to keep our residents safe, and I will be restless until that is accomplished.”
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