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Horrendous red-light death

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:09 pm, Thu Sep 19, 2019.

Police are hunting for the driver of an SUV that blew through a traffic light in South Ozone Park just after midnight Monday night and killed a 72-year-old woman.

The driver of the SUV broadsided another car at the corner of 111th Avenue and 126th Street, police said.

Gilda Lascano, a passenger in the other car, was thrown from the vehicle on impact. The force of the collision was so strong that the car Lascano was riding in was pushed off the road into the storefront of a florist shop on the corner, news video showed.

The driver of the SUV, a gray 2004 Lexus, leaped from the car and ran from the scene on foot, police said.

Lascano, who lived on the block where the collision occurred, was declared dead at the scene.

The driver of her car, described as a 56-year-old female but not identified by name, was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

It was the seventh traffic death so far this year in the 106th Precinct.

— Michael Shain

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