Blind Man Killed By Van
A 49-year-old blind Queens man last week was killed by a bread delivery van while trying to cross Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens.
Police said Justin Murray was taking a walk through the neighborhood at about 4 a.m., to help ease the pain from nerve damage he suffered in his leg.
Murray was struck by a 2008 Chevy van when he tried to cross Queens Boulevard near 80th Street in Kew Gardens, police said.
Murray was taken to Jamaica Hospital Center where he died a short while later.
Queens detectives are searching for a hot-headed gunman who shot a man in the torso after the two bumped into each other on a Ridgewood street.
Police are seeking help from the public to identify and locate the suspect, who was caught by surveillance cameras running from the scene.
Cops said the victim and the gunman got into a shouting match at about 2:20 a.m. on June 9 after they bumped into each other at Myrtle and Seneca Avenues. The heated exchange turned deadly when the suspect pulled a gun and opened fire on the victim.
The victim was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 22-years-old, 6-feet-tall and 200 pounds, with curly black hair. He was wearing a white tee shirt at the time of the shooting, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
The Hotline is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
Minor Accident Turns Deadly
A 78-year-old Ridgewood woman died last week after she suffered what appeared to be minor injuries when she was struck by a car, police sources said.
The unidentified woman was crossing Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood when she was struck on the leg by the car, the sources said.
The driver remained at the scene until police arrived and while the woman did not appear to be seriously injured, she was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center for treatment and observation, the sources said.
While she was being treated at the hospital, the woman went into cardiac arrest and died, the sources said.
The driver was not charged in the accident.
Lexus Thief Gets 23 Years
A Bronx man convicted of stealing a Lexus sedan at gunpoint from a Woodside car dealership in 2003 was sentenced last week to 23 years in prison.
Rafaiel Then, 28, was convicted last month of first-and second-degree robbery by a Queens jury that deliberated for less than one hour, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Brown said Shelton Phillips a porter at Baron Auto Mall on Northern Boulevard, had just parked a black 2003 GS 300 Lexus in a dealer lot at about 5 p.m. on October 15, when Then shouted to him. When Phillips turned to reply, he found a gun pointed at him – with Then at the trigger, Brown said.
Then threatened Phillips, demanded the keys to the Lexus and ordered the porter to go inside the dealership, Brown said. Moments later, Then jumped behind the wheel of the Lexus and sped away.
The Lexus was recovered 12 days later in The Bronx, after an NYPD mobile plate reader alerted police that the plate had been reported stolen, Brown said.
Police staked out the Lexus and later arrested Then when he attempted to enter the vehicle, Brown said.