The NYPD is looking for a driver who allegedly slammed his 2012 Ford E350 van into a 51-year-old man who was in the middle of helping another driver stranded on the Nassau Expressway.
The incident was reported at around 8:20 p.m. Friday on the expressway by North Hangar Road, a desolate roadway in Springfield Gardens abutting JFK International Airport, according to police. Officers from the 113th Precinct learned that the victim was standing outside his black 2005 Audi in the left lane of the expressway helping the driver of a 2001 Dodge Caravan, which broke down.
That section of the Nassau Expressway does not have a service road where distressed drivers can safely exit their vehicle.
The driver of the Ford E350 was heading eastbound on the expressway when he crashed his car into the victim, according to police. Rather than stay at the scene, the driver who allegedly struck the man ditched the van, fleeing on foot as the victim laid dying. The victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, four miles from the crash scene, and was pronounced dead. Police did not share any more details about the victim, pending family notification.
Video obtained by WABC-TV shows the front of the blue van mangled and the back of the Dodge Caravan with damage to the left side of the vehicle.
The NYPD's Highway District's Collision Investigation Squad is now investigating.