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Pedestrian fatally struck while crossing Northern Boulevard in Corona

A man was struck and killed while crossing Northern Boulevard between 100th Street and 101th Street Monday morning, police said.
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By Carlotta Mohamed

A 47-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing Northern Boulevard from north to south, between 100th Street and 101th Street, in Corona Monday at around 12:30 a.m., according to the NYPD.

The man, identified as Carlos Gavilanes, was found lying on the roadway with trauma to the body. He was rushed to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“My heart goes out to the family and friends of Carlos Gavilanes, who was tragically killed in an accident this morning as he was crossing Northern Boulevard, near 101st Street,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “Serious and deadly accidents are becoming too common along this busy corridor.”

The driver, a 24-year-old woman, operating a 2003 Honda Civic, was traveling westbound in the left travel lane when she hit Gavilanes, according to an investigation by the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad.

The driver remained at the scene of the incident and was uninjured. There are no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing, police said.

The incident occurred three weeks after nine-year-old Giovanni Ampuero was struck and killed on Northern Boulevard near 70th Street on April 30. Following Ampuero’s death, city the Department of Transportation installed a Leading Pedestrian Interval at the crash site of 70th Street and Northern Boulevard earlier this month. Next month, they plan to implement left turn calming measures at key intersections between 58th Street and Junction Boulevard.

“Recently, I publicly welcomed some of the initial changes the city’s Department of Transportation implemented on this thoroughfare, but more needs to be done,” said Peralta. “As DOT is working to install additional safety improvements, including left turn traffic calming measures, we need to ensure deaths on the boulevard do not continue to happen. This is unacceptable.”

Reach reporter Carlotta Mohamed by e-mail at cmohamed@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4526.

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