Driver strikes man who attempted to cross Long Island Expressway in Queens

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The eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway near the Springfield Boulevard exit.
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Walking across the Long Island Expressway proved to be a deadly mistake for a 47-year-old man who was fatally hit by a driver in Queens early on Sunday morning.

Police said the incident happened at 3:08 a.m. on Oct. 18 along the eastbound lanes of the expressway near Exit 29 (Springfield Boulevard) in Bayside.

Following a preliminary investigation, police determined that the unidentified victim had attempted to cross the lanes on foot when a driver struck him with their vehicle. It’s not clear, at this point, why the victim was walking across the high-speed thoroughfare.

Officers from the 111th Precinct and NYPD Highway Patrol responded to the incident along with EMS units. They found the victim unconscious and unresponsive on the roadway. 

Paramedics rushed him to North Shore University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police have withheld his identity, pending family notification. Sources said the victim hailed from Queens.

No charges have been filed at this time. The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is handling the case.