Noshat Nahian, a third-grader, was on his way to school with his 11-year-old sister on Friday, much like any other 8-year-old would be.
It was 7:57 a.m., just a few minutes before class would start, when the child was struck by a tractor trailer at the intersection of 61st Street and Northern Boulevard in Woodside.
When police and EMS arrived, Nahian was severely injured, but his big sister was left unharmed.
They transported the boy to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Almost immediately, elected officials and community leaders took to their email accounts, issuing statements on Nahian’s death.
“The loss of a child is the most difficult tragedy a parent can bear, so my heart goes out to Noshat’s family in their time of loss,” Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said. “I would also like to express my condolences to the staff and students at PS 152.”
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) has actively been working with the Department of Transportation to improve road safety in his district, especially in Woodside.
Recently, he held a rally for Luis Bravo, a teenager who was struck and killed on Broadway and 58th Street in the same neighborhood.
“An investigation is ongoing as to exactly how this occurred but I know already that ll streets, including Northern Boulevard, must be safe and livable and no child should ever die simply trying to cross the street on his way to school,” Van Bramer said.
According to police, Mauricio Osorio-Palominos of Newark was driving the tractor trailer despite not being licensed to do so. He has since been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle in violation of safety rules.
Allegedly, Nahian was crossing the street on Northern Boulevard from north to south when Osorio-Palominos — traveling southbound on 61st Street — made a left turn, striking the boy with the rear tires of his truck.
Osorio-Palominos remained on the scene.
Marshall pointed out that changes need to be made to major corridors, including Northern Boulevard, citing 11-year-old Miguel Torres’ death just a year ago, almost 20 blocks away from where Nahian was struck.
“I hope all officials responsible for ensuring the safety of child pedestrians take the results of this investigation and the investigation of Miguel’s death into full account as they determine whether any additional traffic safety measures should be implemented in Queens, especially along Northern Boulevard,” she said. “The protection of pedestrians, especially child pedestrians, should be of paramount concern to policy makers.”
Nahian’s family was not available for comment but Van Bramer promised to continue his fight for safer streets.
“We have much work to do to make certain this never happens again and I am committed to a world where Vision Zero [a road safety project which aims to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic] is a reality.”