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Two left for dead in hit-and-runs

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Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2009 12:00 am

Two Queens residents were the victims of hit-and-runs this month, and in both cases the suspects have yet to be found.

On April 6, a dark colored van barreled through an intersection on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, plowing into Virginia Montalvo, 71.

The grandmother was walking across the street to drop off recyclables, which she collected twice a day according to published reports.

While the impact knocked Montalvo to the street, the driver apparently continued without slowing. Montalvo died as a result of the incident.

Then, on April 8, an unidentified vehicle ran into a woman in her early 20s at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 71st Street in Forest Hills. Police responded to the scene at about 11:13 p.m. and found the woman unconscious and unresponsive. She was transported to Elmhurst General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Again, the driver left the scene of the accident. An arrest has yet to be made in either case.

Those involved in hit-and-runs can be charged with vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, among others charges.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents can call the NYPD’s Crimestoppers Hotline at (800)-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crimestoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting tips to 274637, then entering TIP577.

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