Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, the driver of a black SUV struck and killed Mariano Contreras, 41, on College Point Boulevard in Flushing. The driver fled the scene and has not yet been located.
Yesterday, local residents and elected officials demanded accountability for reckless driving and called attention to dangerous street conditions in Flushing.
State Senators Michael Gianaris and Toby Ann Stavisky, Assembly Member Ron Kim, and a representative of Council Member Peter Koo joined residents of Bland Houses and members of Make Queens Safer at the event.
“Mariano Contreras could have been any of us — any elderly person or any family with young children who cross this intersection every day,” said Leola Wayne, president of the James A. Bland Resident Association.
Contreras was struck outside the Sky View Shopping Center, where people frequently cross mid-block.
“Over 100,000 pedestrians travel our streets daily and it is the final destination for over 20 bus and train routes,” said Dian Yu, executive director of the Downtown Flushing Transit Hub Business Improvement District. “Downtown Flushing traffic congestion has deteriorated, especially over the last three years.”
A 2015 survey conducted by the Flushing BID ranked traffic issues as the number one concern in the community.