July 16, 2018 By Tara Law
A man is in critical condition after being struck by a drunk driver on Northern Boulevard on Saturday.
The 46-year-old victim was hit by a Toyota minivan while crossing Northern Boulevard near 81st St. around 11:15 p.m. Police say that the victim was crossing the street from north to south outside of the sidewalk.
The victim was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital with severe head trauma. Police said Monday morning that the man is still in critical condition.
The driver, 26-year-old Jackson Heights resident Luis Orellana, was arrested at the scene. He was charged with vehicular assault, driving with a blood alcohol level above .08 of one percent, driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired.
Northern Boulevard has been the site of a number of crashes over the last few months. Carlos Gavilanes, 47, was killed near 100th St on May 21, and Giovanni Ampuero, 9, was killed neared 70th Street on April 30.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
There were several officers standing on this corner last night handing out flyers about driving under the influence.
Speed cameras do nothing to prevent these “incidents”.
NYPD should be out there, have check points, and make more stops.
They would help catch the driver if he/she fled the scene as do many do. The killers of Olvidio Jaramillo and Kumar Ragunayh on Northern are still out driving, probably still on Noethern.
And this is why NYPD needs to watch out for these drunk drivers , distracted drivers, street racers etc .
The 115pct needs to be more proactive during rush hour & school hours.
I SEE SO MANY POLICE OFFICERS WITH THEIR HEADS BURIED IN THEIR CELLS PHONES LOOK UP AND DO YOUR JOBS.