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Woodside Delivery Man Dies After His Scooter Collides Into Minivan in Astoria

The scene of the fatal collision at 24th Avenue and 33rd Street in Astoria (Google Maps)

Sept. 24, 2020 By Allie Griffin

A 27-year-old Woodside deliveryman died after he crashed his Yamaha scooter into a minivan in Astoria Wednesday night.

Mariano Canales, who lived on 58th Street, was driving a blue Yamaha Chappy Scooter east down 24th Avenue when he ran into a white Chrysler Town & Country which was crossing 24th Avenue at 33rd Street around 9:17 p.m., police said.

Canales struck the passenger door of the minivan. Responding officers found him lying on the roadway with trauma about the body.

EMS responded and rushed Canales to Mount Sinai Hospital – Queens, where he was pronounced dead.

Canales was heading back to a restaurant after dropping off a delivery, according to the New York Daily News.

The 73-year-old driver of the minivan had stopped at the stop sign before passing through the intersection, police said. He remained at the scene and was not injured.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

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Tea Lady

This is all out of control. Any vehicle with a motor, scooter or electric bike, should not use the bike lanes. No moving vehicle, even a bike, a tricycle or a pair of roller blades, should be driven without insurance or a helmet, even by children. There should be speed bumps and cameras everywhere. Until then, people will die.

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Rita

This is a dangerous intersection. They opened a market two blocks away while closing other markets near this area. They need traffic lights.

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Dah

Let’s say the minivan stopped and then proceeded because he could not see a scooter barreling towards him at full speed with NO LIGHTS ON from a block away. They do it all day on and off the sidewalks. Some streets are darker than others at night and walking hand in hand with your child can become a tragedy due to these people with no regard for other people’s safety. Citibike riders as well. When someone starts knocking them off two wheels or they keep
dying for not being cautious on the road maybe they’ll get the point. I ride a scooter myself (safely) and still have problems with others on the road.

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Peter Beadle

The comments here are stunning. A man was killed by a negligent driver who did not have the right of way. There is no stop sign for traffic on 24 Ave, so Mr. Canales had the right of way. However, instead of recognizing him as a human being and a victim of a driver who should have remained at the stop sign until Canales had passed, you are complaining about completely irrelevant instances of completely different people riding their scooters on the sidewalk. Serious question: what is wrong with you?

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We read the article. What's wrong with you?

Just because a van or other vehicle is involved in an accident, doesn’t m an it’s that driver’s fault automatically. He drove into the van’s door. How is the van at fault???

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Mac

Peter – If it’s any consolation, the overwhelming majority of posts to this stream is the very same individual using different posting handles. He stopped posting when admin instituted a change to the comment stream attaching posts to Facebook accounts.

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Four words

Thanks for your comment, Peter. The short answer to when morality and sanity went out the window in our neighborhood can be summed up in four words: Queens Streets for All. Their hateful victim blaming of Gelasio Reyes and conspiracy theorizing has led to this insidious moral decay.

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ABoondy

yeah, and? and you dont think to slow down or stop at intersections anyway? you know, because you are on a scooter and literally have no protection, and no helmet against any other oncoming vehicle? thats the price of ignorance. these delivery people on scooters do NOT obey traffic laws, ALWAYS are speeding, and are never punished

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He crashed his scooter.

That’s what’s “wrong” with us. This is what you get for going above the speed limit, going against the flow of traffic, going from sidewalk to street back to sidewalk, checking your phone, putting in both ear pieces (illegal!!!)not using the precious bike lanes that are now practically vacant. Own up to your responsibility.

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Doesn't seem right

The scooter had no stop sign, but the minivan did. When this is the case, the avenue traffic has the right of way and the only legal (and safe) way to cross is to wait until the avenue is clear of oncoming traffic. You don’t just stop at the stop sign and impose your way into oncoming traffic. That is a moving violation and a fundamental misunderstanding of the right of way, which in this case belonged to the deceased. May he RIP.

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And the minivan had stopped beforehand?

Y’all can’t stay stopped forever! You gotta get on with your life.

The fact is that this scooter rider is dead because he’s zipping around cornets like his in Bermuda on vacay! The riders do it all the time on all sorts of roads/groundings (sidewalks). He’s dead because he rammed into a stopped vehicle. Nothing more.

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Wow. The anti car people better not say this is the van driver's fault.

He had stopped at a stop sign. And he stayed at the scene.

The scooter rider is like a deer from upstate. The deer hit you, not the other way round.

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Junkstoria

One scooter riding full speed swept me on the sidewalk on 35th street and 24th ave yesterday. They are riding on the sidewalks all the time. Is Blasio/Cuomo waiting for pedestrians to get killed while walking on the sidewalks? Would it be OK to drive cars on bike lanes, just like scooters and bikes ride on the sidewalks? Why is someone’s food delivery is more important than our kids’, elders’ lives?

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ABoondy

until people get fed up and start getting more enraged at them. when push comes to shove, ya know.

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Anna

With outside dining and streets closed to cars traffic and safety is a nightmare in Astoria. My sister lives by ditmars and she tells me that even the sidewalks are dangerous in the sense that they are filled with bikes and scooters. She has witnessed two accidents within the past two months at the end of her block. In addition her area she says is full of drunks drug addicts and homeless. Its all very sad and she is thinking if selling and moving to a quieter neighborhood if caban wins city council.

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