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Be Tran, An elderly 74-year-old immigrant, he died dramatically after being hit by a hit-and-run driver in Queens (NYC).
The accident happened on Sunday night, around 7:40 pm when the victim was crossing the street and was hit by a luxurious black BMW sedan at the corner of Myrtle and Seneca avenues in the Rigdewood neighborhood. His family told ABCNews that the elderly Vietnamese native was at work, finishing up his last meal delivery that night.
Witnesses said Tran could have survived if the driver of the car had stopped to help him.
The old man worked for DoorDash and the delivery company released a statement after learning of his death. “This is a heartbreaking tragedy and our thoughts are with his loved ones during this unimaginably difficult time. We are reaching out to your loved ones to express our deepest condolences and offer our support. We are ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation and We hope that those responsible for this horrible crime will be brought to justice.”
That same night, a 4-year-old Hispanic boy was killed in a stolen scooter accident in the Bronx and a woman was seriously hit by an SUV that fled the scene, he said. NY1 News.
The traffic safety advocacy group “Transportation Alternatives” placed a message on Twitter about the latest accidents, urging Mayor Eric Adams and his Transportation Commissioner, Hispanic Ydanis Rodríguez, to take immediate action “to accelerate life-saving street redesigns.”
NYPD is looking for the two drivers who fled on Sunday. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information should call. at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.
Road accidents are on the rise in NYC regardless of the victim’s occupation. Earlier this month two Hispanics were killed in Upper Manhattan when they were standing on a sidewalk and were hit by a car in the middle of a multiple collision.
The latest data shows that, in general, NYC traffic deaths are now 29% higher than four years ago.
In addition to gun violence, traffic accidents are another major challenge for the new mayor, Adams, following a disastrous legacy from his predecessor, Bill De Blasio. New York City had already experienced in April a 35% increase in traffic accidents so far this year, NYPD stated. At the end of that month there was a tragic streak in NYC at an average of one person killed by a run over every day.