BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
An East Elmhurst man was killed on Monday after being struck by a vehicle on Northern Boulevard, marking the third death on the roadway this year, police said.
On May 21 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Carlos Gavilanes, 47, was crossing Northern Boulevard from south 100th Street to north 100th Street when he was struck by a 2003 Honda Civic, police said.
According to police, the 24-year-old woman driver was traveling westbound in the left travel lane when she struck Gavilanes.
Gavilanes was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.
Gavilanes’ death marks the third death on Northern Boulevard this year following the deaths of Giovanni Ampuero, 9, who was killed on April 28 at Northern Boulevard and 70th Street and Myriam Nino, 8, who was killed on Jan. 5 at Northern Boulevard and 90th Street.
“We’re appalled by the rate at which reckless drivers have killed people on Northern Boulevard—Queens’ new ‘Boulevard of Death’—especially because we know that these deaths are preventable,” said Paul Steely White, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives.
“Carlos Gavilanes is the third pedestrian killed on this deadly corridor, and the second killed in just three weeks. So much more can be done to prevent crashes and curb speeding, so we implore our elected leaders in Albany to pass the bipartisan legislation before them which would allow New York City to expand the use of life-saving speed safety cameras.”
On May 18, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Elmhurst) and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights) announced that after calling on the city’s Department of Transportation to implemented safety measures along Northern Boulevard, the agency announced that Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) and left-turn traffic calming measures will be installed.
Peralta said that it’s important to ensure that no other Queens residents become statistics on Northern Boulevard.
“My heart goes out to the family and friends of Carlos Gavilanes, who was tragically killed in an accident this morning as he was crossing Northern Boulevard, near 101st Street,” said Peralta.
“Serious and deadly accidents are becoming too common along this busy corridor. Three weeks ago, 9-year-old Giovanni Ampuero was killed after being struck by a vehicle as he was crossing the street on Northern Boulevard. We cannot and will not allow Northern Boulevard to become the new ‘Boulevard of Death.’ Recently, I publicly welcomed some of the initial changes the city’s Department of Transportation implemented on this thoroughfare, but more needs to be done. As DOT is working to install additional safety improvements, including left turn traffic calming measures, we need to ensure deaths on the boulevard do not continue to happen. This is unacceptable.”
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