Driver kills delivery man before crashing his car into Astoria’s outdoor dining area – Queens Daily Eagle
By Rachel Vik
Queens Daily Eagle
A 37-year-old delivery man was killed in Astoria on Thursday when a speeding driver rammed him before colliding with an outdoor catering structure. Police said the woman was attempting to use a cycle lane to pass a slow-moving motorist on Thursday evening.
The victim, Xing Long Lin, was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital.
Police said the unidentified woman was speeding along 35th Street around 7:45 p.m. Thursday when she attempted to pass another vehicle. She plowed through Lin before crashing into a large wooden outdoor dining structure operated by the Rosatoro Restaurant near the corner of 35th Street and Ditmars Boulevard.
Security camera footage taken inside the restaurant shows the 2013 Mercedes Benz SUV driving towards the building and stopping just before crashing into the indoor dining area.
A second victim, a 32-year-old woman, was struck by debris from the exterior structure and taken to hospital in stable condition.
Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the driver in a tweet on Thursday.
“There is no tolerance for reckless driving. I feel incredible pain for Xing Lin’s family,” he said. “New York City will continue to deepen its commitment to Vision Zero. Outdoor dining is safe and we will continue to protect pedestrians and outdoor diners. »
The fatal accident reignited calls from transit advocates for safer streets after several similar incidents over the past year.
“On a day when we should celebrate the success of the Open Streets program, we instead mourn the loss of another New Yorker killed by traffic violence,” said Danny Harris, executive director of Transportation Alternatives.
“Since Mayor de Blasio launched Open Streets, we have called for physical changes to the streets to eliminate the danger of cars,” he added. “Mayor de Blasio has failed to advance these vital protections in our streetscape,”
Assemblyman Zohran Mamdani started a GoFundMe for Lin’s family.