BY YVETTE BROWN
On Friday, the driver of a Porsche was arrested after being involved in a fatal hit-and-run that led to the death of a pedestrian in Corona.
Irene Lee, 56, is being charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident and running a red light.
According to local reports, Lee had been speeding westbound on the Horace Harding Expressway service road in a black Porsche around 6:30 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, jumping the curb and hitting two pedestrians. One pedestrian was a 21-year-old woman and the second was a 26-year-old woman who had been riding a bicycle.
After hitting the pedestrians, she continued down Junction Boulevard and hit two vehicles at a traffic light.
The 21-year-old was hospitalized with severe head trauma and was later pronounced dead, while the 26-year-old cyclist remained in critical condition, being treated for head and shoulder pain and the drivers suffered minor injuries
Lee was accused of fleeing the scene of the incident, which is currently still under investigation.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) released a statement on Friday, following the incident and his call for the implementation of additional pedestrian and road safety measures.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the young woman who tragically lost her life yesterday, and I wish for a quick recovery of the three people injured,” said Peralta. “This plague has to end. Enough is enough. Hit-and-run accidents are taking the lives of too many New Yorkers, and we must ensure we put all the necessary tools in place to combat this epidemic.”
Peralta noted that there was an eight-day period in June that included four deadly hit-and-runs in New York City. He also noted that the latest hit-and-run occurred on the same day that he announced a proposal calling for an insurance premium discount for non-commercial vehicles that have an operating dashboard camera installed.
“If vehicles within the vicinity of this accident had a dashcam installed, we would have footage of exactly what happened, which would in turn further the investigation,” said Peralta.
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