Three people were killed in three separate crashes in the Bronx and Queens this weekend.
A tractor-trailer driver fatally ran over a 63-year-old on Edgewater Road between Spofford and Lafayette avenues in Hunts Point this morning, police said. The crash occurred around 7:50 a.m. when police believe the 50-year-old CSX driver hit Hussain Abbas of Montreal with his rear wheels. Paramedics drove Abbas to Lincoln Hospital and doctors there pronounced him dead. The crash was one of three that claimed lives within 24 hours this weekend.
Earlier, around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday night, cops responded to a report of a pedestrian struck on the Long Island Expressway near Exit 24 at 161st Street in Queens. Investigators determined that the victim, a 34-year-old man, had been trying to cross the expressway and run from the center wall into the path of a 2015 Toyota. The driver swerved to try to avoid the man, but hit him. The victim was transported to New York Presbyterian-Queens, where doctors pronounced him dead. The driver remained on the scene and was not arrested. Police have not released the victim's name pending notification of his family.
The third fatal crash occurred around 5:50 p.m. on Saturday at 140th Avenue and Bedell Street in Springfield Gardens, Queens, when police say the driver of a Toyota Highlander turned left onto 140th and struck a motorcyclist, Stephen-John Salmon, traveling the opposite direction on 140th. Police report that the victim, 22, was not wearing a Department of Transportation-approved helmet. The driver remained at the scene and was not charged.