Queens, NY – Woman Killed in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash on Van Wyck Expy

By Steven Miller
Senior Partner

Queens, NY (August 1, 2021) – At 3:20 a.m. on Sunday morning, August 1, a woman was killed in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Queens.

According to police, the accident happened on the Van Wyck Expressway around the area of 116th Avenue. A suspect was traveling south on the highway in a BMW when the driver slammed into the rear of a Nissan Altima and a Toyota Camry. The driver then ran into a guardrail and onto a service road. The woman inside the vehicle got out of the BMW and fled the scene on foot.

Paramedics, fire crews, and numerous other responders were immediately called to the scene to help those in need. The 38-year-old male driver of the Altima was rushed to the hospital with minor injuries. The 77-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Altima was tragically pronounced dead at the scene. Police confirmed that the 40-year-old driver of the Camry was hospitalized but is expected to be okay.

The roadway was blocked in the area for a period of time as police cleared the scene. Police did not say if they caught the responsible driver as of yet.

The investigation into the circumstances of the accident continues.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Fatal Accidents in New York

Over the past five years, hit-and-runs taking place in New York have tragically increased by approximately 26%. The unfortunate truth is that many of these accidents lead to serious harm, including fatalities. Hundreds of lives are lost as a result of these horrific accidents. Fatal accidents happen due to many different reasons including distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, and more. If you have suffered the enormous loss of a loved one and wonder where you can turn, you should have legal help on your side. It is important that you speak with an attorney that you can trust.

It is never easy to face the unexpected loss of a loved one whose life has been lost prematurely in a fatal accident in New York. As you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you may wonder how you will afford to pay the bills that pile up against you. If you have lost somebody close to you in an accident, you may be feeling both helpless and alone. It is crucial that you seek the immediate help of a New York car accident attorney who has handled wrongful death claims in the past.

At Miller, Montiel & Strano, our accident attorneys in New York are here for you after you have lost someone you love in a fatal hit-and-run accident. You have every right to hold a party liable for the harm that they have caused your family in a fatal accident. We will help you work toward compensation to cover aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and more. Please do not hesitate to contact a New York accident attorney who has your best interests in mind at 516-484-4010.

Notes: Our writers use secondary sources when creating these accident news posts. These sources include police and fire accident reports, news stories and newspaper stories, and first-hand accounts from eyewitnesses to the accidents. For that reason, the details surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by our staff at Miller, Montiel & Strano, P.C. If you do find any information that is incorrect, contact our firm to have a correction made immediately. If you would prefer the post to be removed from our site, let us know and we will accommodate you as soon as possible. 

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About the Author
Steven Miller, Esq. is the founding member and Senior Partner in Miller, Montiel & Strano, P.C. Mr. Miller’s extensive career as a trial attorney spans five decades. He tries cases for the catastrophically injured victims of construction site accidents, motor vehicle and premises accidents caused by the negligence of others. Mr. Miller is a detail oriented, tenacious attorney committed to achieving the maximum results for his clients; he has obtained numerous seven figure verdicts and settlements.