Driver Kills 72-Year-Old Pedestrian in Bayside, Queens

A pedestrian was killed at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and 212th Street this morning. The intersection lacks any safe way for pedestrians to cross the street. Image: Google Street View.

A pedestrian was killed at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and 212th Street this morning. The intersection has no crosswalk across Northern Boulevard. Image: Google Street View.

Another senior citizen walking the streets of New York has been killed in traffic. This morning at 6:00 a.m., a driver heading eastbound on Northern Boulevard struck a 72-year-old man crossing at the intersection of 212th Street, according to NYPD. The victim was taken to New York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver stayed at the scene and was not intoxicated, said the police. Hence, as usual, no summonses were issued. But NYPD’s public information office could not say yet whether the pedestrian was crossing 212th Street, which has a crosswalk, or Northern Boulevard, which does not.

Northern Boulevard is a heavily trafficked feeder onto the un-tolled Queensboro Bridge and has long been a particularly dangerous street for pedestrians. In fact, back during his first campaign for mayor, Michael Bloomberg singled it out as in need of tougher speeding enforcement.