The police are still looking for a hit and run driver who struck a pedestrian last Saturday around 12:30 in Queens. 21 year old Betty Jean DiBlasio was crossing Ditmars Blvd near 19th Street in Astoria when she was hit by a Chevrolet Impala. The driver sped away leaving the young woman lying on the pavement with a severe head injury. She died later at the hospital. Read more in the NY Daily News.
According to the Vision Zero Queens Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, 16% of Queens pedestrians fatalities happen between 12:00 and 6:00 am though less than 4% of pedestrian activity takes place during these hours. 75% of Queens pedestrian fatalities are caused by dangerous drivers choices such as speeding, failing to yield to pedestrians, red light running, distracted driving, and driving under the influence.