Empty van kills woman and injures souvlaki cart worker in Astoria

By Bill Parry

An elderly woman was killed and a man was injured Wednesday when an unattended van struck them on an Astoria street corner, according to the NYPD. A 29-year-old man parked a white Ford van at the corner of 32nd Street and Broadway and got out of the vehicle, according to a preliminary investigation.

The van began to roll backward and through the intersection, striking an 80-year-old woman and a 71-year-old man before colliding with a souvlaki food cart against the wall of a Capitol One bank, police said. Both victims were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where the unidentified woman was pronounced dead, and the man, who worked at the food cart, was listed in critical condition, according to the NYPD.

The driver was not arrested and the investigation was ongoing by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

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