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89-Year-Old Woman is Dead, Nine Days After Being Struck by Motorist Exiting BJ’s Parking Lot in LIC

An 89-year-old woman who was struck by a motorist while crossing 48th Street near Northern Boulevard more than a week ago is dead, according to the NYPD. (Google Maps)

May 3, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

An 89-year-old woman who was struck by a motorist while crossing 48th Street near Northern Boulevard late last month has died, according to the NYPD.

Yuitmay Szeto, from 46th Street in Astoria, succumbed to her injuries Monday, nine days after being hit by a driver operating a Dodge Durango, the NYPD announced today.

Szeto was crossing 48th Street on April 23 at around 2:40 p.m. when the driver made a left turn out of a parking lot and hit her. The driver, who was exiting the parking lot where BJ’s Wholesale Club is located, was turning northbound on 48th Street. The incident took place a few blocks away from where Szeto lived.

EMS responded to the scene and transported Szeto to NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst where she was listed in critical condition.

The driver, a 37-year-old man, remained on the scene. He too was taken to NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst but with minor injuries.

No arrests have been made. The investigation remains ongoing and is being conducted by the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad.

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Please help the elderly. Western Queens is not the safest place for someone elderly to be living in and walking around.



Where is the outcry about reckless driving and the overall danger of automobiles?

Too busy complaining about bikes and bike lanes to admit the real danger.

Cause who says this is from reckless driving???

It’s because of the rediculous crosswalk placement and the absence of wheelchair accessible ramps! No ass no straight way to go for people as they leave the parking lot this is bound to happen.

How can someone be reckless

When they are just leaving a parking lot? You need speed and room for recklessness!

Devra Freelander

Getting hit by a car is no joke. I can relate to this woman’s experience.

The main problem is the crosswalks in this city.

Coinciding with parallel cars, turning or straight???

And here, there are NO handicapped accessible ramps or areas (eyeing the food truck that is permanently placed there illegally blocking the crosswalk).

This woman is dead because of the city. No one else.


Astoria and lic city is a traffic nightmare. And many drivers and cyclist ignore pedestrians and try to speed through them when trying to cross the street. I notice also the smell of weed when drivers windows are down.

street racing

It’s interesting how there has been no reporting of the dozens of street racers gathered in that lot last weekend. Lots of cops there, too. And plenty of racing throughout Sunnyside and Woodside early Sunday morning. What exactly were the cops doing? The crack down on loud vehicles and crime appears to just be lip service.

Democrats love crininals.

Cops have been totally vilified and demoralized by liberals the last few years. They do as little as possible till they get to retirement. It’s not worth a George Floyd situation to ruin their careers and lives. Don’t expect the police to be proactive about anything from now on.


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