≈n elderly man from Ozone Park was killed crossing Atlantic Avenue last Thursday.

At around 7:23 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian struck at 88th Street and Atlantic Avenue. When they arrived at the scene, they found Rafael Diaz, 73, of 97-36 88 St. unconscious and unresponsive.

EMS was on the scene and transported the pedestrian to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police say a Toyota, operated by a 25-year-old man, was driving westbound on Atlantic Avenue when it struck Diaz, who was crossing from the north to south between 87th and 88th streets on the Woodhaven side.

The driver remained at the scene and was given a sobriety test, but passed. He was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Though there is a traffic light and crosswalk at 87th Street, there is not one at 88th Street, near where Diaz was crossing at the time of the incident, because through traffic across Atlantic Avenue is not allowed there.

The next closest traffic light is five blocks west at 92nd Street.

— Domenick Rafter


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