A Queens bar owner was killed in a head-on collision on a service road near Exit 19 off the Long Island Expressway early this morning after a car going the wrong way struck his livery cab. According to the Daily News, the violent impact of the crash sent 37-year-old George Gibbons, owner of The Gibbons' Home, flying into the front seat of the Lincoln Town Car and onto the driver's lap. "I heard the boom—just boom, no tire," one nearby resident tells the Post. Police are still attempting to locate the driver of the 2002 Chrysler Sebring, who fled on foot, while its passenger was treated at the scene for head injuries and later charged with possession of marijuana.
The Post speaks to the registered owner of the car, Brooklyn resident Angela Kosoi, who said she lent the vehicle to a friend of a job interview. She declines to name who, but said, "I had no idea someone died. I leant it to them yesterday, and I thought nothing of it. I wish it was stolen. I wish it wasn't my car. I'm mortified."
Friends and loved ones have gathered at Gibbons' bar to pay their respects. Gibbons' brother, NYPD Officer Brendan Gibbons, told the paper that The Gibbons' Home "was his pride and joy. He doesn't drive, so he always takes these cabs. You'd think he'd be safer." A construction worker in the neighborhood said of Gibbons, "Everyone loves him, everyone looks at him with respect. He does a lot for the neighborhood. There's not a mean bone in his body. The neighborhood won't be the same now that he's gone."