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Man killed in hit and run in Woodhaven

Police looking for white car that fled

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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:24 am, Thu Dec 19, 2013.

A Brooklyn man was killed in a hit-and-run accident at one of South Queens’ deadliest intersections over the weekend.

On Saturday at 3:15 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of a car accident at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a vehicle had struck Yunior Antonio Perez Rodriguez, 35, of Brooklyn as he crossed Woodhaven Boulevard from east to west.

Perez Rodriguez sustained severe trauma and was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the victim fled the scene. Police say the suspect was driving a white Honda sedan.

There were no immediate arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

The intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard has a deadly track record. On Feb. 13 of this year, a 67-year-old man was killed crossing the same corner at almost the same spot as Saturday’s hit and run. The driver remained at the scene and was not charged with any crime in that incident. Another pedestrian, a 50-year-old man, was seriously injured at the same intersection in April 2012. In that incident, the driver of the vehicle was arrested after fleeing the scene and being caught several blocks away.

The dangers at the busy intersection go back decades, according to Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association.

He said part of the problem is the speed cars are going when they drive along the stretch of the boulevard between Forest Park and Atlantic Avenue.

“Sometimes I sit waiting to make the left turn and as the cars whip by, the wind actually shakes my car,” Wendell said. “That’s how fast they go.”

The 102nd Precinct placed a special focus on traffic enforcement at the intersection after the Feburary incident, ticketing drivers who run red lights or speed.

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