18 year old Sara Perez was fatally struck by a by a 16 year old driver in Queens NYC. The accident occurred last Thursday in front of the Northern Lube and Tire Shop at 106 Northern Boulevard near 107th street. A video shows the pedestrian on the sidewalk waiting for the pick up truck to back out of the garage. After the truck moved out of the way, the young woman proceeded to walk again. As she was doing so, the driver of the pick up truck suddenly reversed into drive, accelerated and crashed into her at a high rate speed. She was crushed against a fence in front of several horrified witnesses. One of them got so upset that he opened the door of the truck, pulled the driver out and pinned his hand behind his back.
When EMS arrived Sara was unresponsive. She was rushed to the hospital but she could not be saved and was pronounced dead. The young woman was heading home after buying some food for her 10 kittens. She lived just a block away. Sara was fostering stray cats kittens so they could be adopted. She was planning on becoming a veterinarian. She loved animals. The family of Sara set up a gofundme (picture) to help with the funeral costs and other bills related to the accident.
The driver of the Ford F-150 pickup truck stayed at the scene of the accident. So far he has not been charged or arrested. It seemed that the young man backed the car out into the heavy traffic of Northern Boulevard, almost hitting another car, panicked, reversed into drive, pressed the gas and slammed into the pedestrian.
Teen drivers are not supposed to be driving alone in a vehicle in New York City. It is not clear if the boy behind the wheel of the truck had a junior driver’s license or a permit. Even if he had one, teen drivers are only authorized to drive back and forth from work or from school, during the day with an adult in the vehicle.
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