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18-Year-Old Fatally Struck While Trying to Change a Flat Tire in Astoria Sunday

A teenager who was trying to change a flat tire on the side of Hoyt Avenue in Astoria Sunday night was struck dead by a driver in a small SUV. (Photo via Google Maps)

Jan. 24, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

An 18-year-old male who was trying to change a flat tire on the side of Hoyt Avenue in Astoria Sunday night was struck dead by a driver of a small SUV.

The teenager was attempting to change his tire at Hoyt Avenue North and 29th Street — near the entrance ramp to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge — when he was hit at around 11:30 p.m., according to police.

Police responded to a 911 call of a person struck by a Chevrolet Equinox traveling northbound on Hoyt Avenue. EMS also responded and pronounced him dead at the scene.

The operator of the Chevrolet, a 29-year-old man, remained on the scene. Police did not say if the Chevrolet driver was arrested.

The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is investigating.

The victim’s identity has not yet been released, pending family notification.

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lack of humanity

maybe instead of using someone’s death to promote cycling you could extend some sympathies to the family of the victim….just sayin’

Eyes on the road!

What a terrible tragedy! The family must be devastated.

That stretch of road is particularly treacherous with cars weaving in and out between each other trying to get on the bridge or to avoid getting on it. It is NOT the time to be distracted behind the wheel. Would not surprise me if the driver was checking his smart phone at the time of the accident. It only takes a second.


Very sad accident for everyone involved. My condolences to the friends and family of young man that died. Astoria is a traffic nightmare and very hazardous to pedestrians and all. I grew up there and weekends were peaceful and enjoyable. Now everyday it is full of speeding cars and cyclists mostly due to open streets and outside dining structures which makes drivers of all forms less aware of their surroundings and more thinking about getting away from the area not to be stuck in traffic. My sister still lives a block away from Ditmars and she feels its only getting worse and that everyday is like having a street festival down the block leading to people less aware just to get away from the noise, crowds and traffic. Its a sensory overload for many.


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