$10,000 Reward Offered In Deadly Wrong-Way Queens Crash

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A $10,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest of a driver wanted in a deadly wrong-way crash that killed a beloved bar owner in Queens.

The crash occurred around 6:45 a.m. of Oct. 15, when 37-year-old George Gibbons closed up his “Gibbon’s Home” bar in Maspeth before catching a cab to go home.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

His cab had only gone a few blocks when police said 36-year-old Peter Rodriguez crashed into the vehicle on the service road of the Long Island Expressway.

Rodriguez fled the scene.

Gibbons was pronounced dead on arrival.

“Peter Rodriguez – you may be able to run but you cannot hide for long cause we will find you,” the victim’s sister, Bernadette Gibbons said. “Only a coward runs from his mistakes, but it takes a real man to come forward. So own up to your actions.”

Gibbons was joined by 100 family members, government and civic leaders Tuesday near the crash site.

queens wrong way suspect peter rodriguez $10,000 Reward Offered In Deadly Wrong Way Queens Crash

Police are looking for 36-year-old Peter Rodriguez in a deadly wrong-way crash that occurred earlier this month (credit: DCPI)

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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  1. Meme Meyagi says:

    ..what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?..

  2. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  3. Concerned Citizen says:

    Anybody in this thread that is even remotely thinking of supporting Peter Rodriguez, or defending his actions since the crash, must reconsider those thoughts. This can all be summed up with one simple thought. “A good man is dead, because of the actions of a very bad man.” That’s the situation here. Peter Rodriguez is a bad person. There is no sugar coating this. Enough of the politically correct nonsense. His rap sheet speaks volumes to the type of person he is. Now, add “murderer” to that rap sheet, and it looks a lot worse. Again, “a good man is dead, because of the actions of a very bad man.” There is no defending this. You don’t blame the D.O.T., or the manufacturer of the car, or anybody else in this situation. That’s laughable. You blame Peter Rodriguez, because he is the one that took the life of an innocent victim.

    Although it won’t bring George back, or ease the pain of George’s family and friends, it will be a glorious day when this “person”, Peter Rodriguez, is finally caught and brought to justice. The streets will be safer, because he will no longer be walking/driving on them.

    RIP George, and God bless your family.

  4. Concerned Citizen says:

    Anybody in this thread that is even remotely defending this Peter Rodriguez must seriously reconsider their thoughts. Enough of the politically correct bs. A good man is dead, because of the actions of a very bad man. That’s the bottom line. There is no sugar coating this. It’s not the D.O.T.’s fault, it’s not the manufacturer of the car’s fault, it’s nobody’s fault but Peter Rodriguez. This “blame somebody else” society that we live in is horrific. Again, let me repeat…A good man is dead, because of the actions of a very bad man. That’s all that really needs to be said. Peter Rodriguez’ rap sheet speaks volumes as to the type of person he is. Now add “Murderer” to that rap sheet, and it looks a lot worse.
    Although it won’t ease the pain of George’s friends and family, it will be a wonderful day when he is this piece of human garbage is removed from the streets. That day can’t come quickly enough.

    RIP George. God bless you and your family

  5. Brooklyn mother says:

    No she is right because you don’t know what goes through peoples mind when there in a Situation like this unless your in there shoes.Yes im sorry for your friend lost but peter is a human being just like you and me not a animal because he made a bad choice . have you ever heard of the saying a book should be judge because of its cover well that’s what everyone doing without knowing peter Rodriguez not knowing what went on that morning……….

    1. justice for george says:

      he has a rap sheet which is probably longer than my arm he is a deliquent who is acting like a child and not as a 36yr old man. “The suspect, who was known to police, had previously been arrested on drug charges, assault and other violent crimes. The Brooklyn resident had also done several stints in prison relating to his extensive rap sheet.
      Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Reward-offered-for-hit-and-run-driver-who-killed-Queens-Irish-barman-133064793.html#ixzz1cZPktUm9

      I have every right to judge a book by its cover because his pages tell the truth been previously arrested drug charges assault common give me a break he is an animal!

    2. Concerned Citizen says:

      “He’s not a animal because he made a bad choice.” You make it sound as if he knocked over a bottle of soda on the kitchen table. Do you understand that somebody is dead?

      I do agree with part of your statement though. He’s not an animal. Comparing him to an animal is horribly degrading to any animal.

      1. justice for george says:

        well he certainly isn’t a human being in my eyes. because any person or human being would have stayed at the scene no matter how scared they are. he is definetly not a “person” in my eyes. everyone has their own opinion on what they think this individual is. you want to call him a “person” thats fine but i will call him an “animal”.

        1. Concerned Citizen says:

          I totally agree with you. I just think he doesn’t even deserve to be called “animal”. That’s too good for him.

          1. justice for george says:

            we should then call him “it” because he doesn’t deserve to even be considered a “person”

            1. Concerned Citizen says:

              Sounds good to me!!! Find it, send it to prison, and throw away the key! That’s probably too merciful. But I don’t want to write what I really think should happen to it.

  6. alexis says:

    Im Not comparing my situation to his not at all just saying in the heat of the moment in a situation as this you dont think As You Would on a normal basis your body just reacts out of fear is what I am trying to say.Do you honestly believe he intended to make that wrong turn on purpose?I dont believe so, the article says he was speeding unless we were there how do we know that is to be true? All im saying sad mistakes do happen in life..A coworker of mine died 3 years ago in an ACCIDENT he Hit the gas instead of the break ..& I did aswell in my accident The point Im trying to make is No one knows but The people involved how your body & mind reacts In a situation as this we all yes want the worst for the person who caused the situation at the moment but just sit back & but yourself there how about if you caused someones death & it was an accident and you ran without thinking & out of fear …..Again I Am So Sorry For George May He r.i.p but by writting negative is not t going to help the situation nor is it going to make the the peron turn himself in its only going to make him more scared and keep running

    1. justice for george says:

      did you see the pictures of what the cars looked like after the accident? with a doubt he was speeding. listen there are ways to judge how fast someone was going by the look of the impact and the position of where the cars are. the passenger of this mans car had weed on him do you really think they are innocent he was running because he probably had weed on him, in his system, possibly drunk or all of the above. i dont know if that is the case because you are right i was not there and neither were you and we will never know because we will not be able to do a toxicology exam on him because it is to late for that so we will never know about that. you and your friend might have confused the break and the gas but i am sure that this man did not. i have been in accidents before myself and granted they were fender benders but i was scared but that did not stop me from calling the police. i also know that if i caused an accident and i possibly killed someone i wouldnt run i would stay and wait for the cops because that is what a human being does i don’t care what you may say if he was scared at the time where the heck is he now he has had time to process all of this he is only making the situation worse for himself. and again he has a rap sheet he is wrong read that article i posted earlier it states what he has been convicted of in the past so you can fight me on this all you want he is wrong and guilty and he will be prosecuted to the fullest. what negative things am i saying other than he is an animal and murderer and coward he is acting like a child and he is 36 yrs old it is time for him to grow up and take care of his actions!

  7. JUSTICE FOR GEORGE says:

    ALEXIS PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE AND TELL ME IF YOU THINK HE WAS SCARED OF WHAT HAPPENED OR HE WAS SCARED ABOUT GOING BACK TO JAIL.
    http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Reward-offered-for-hit-and-run-driver-who-killed-Queens-Irish-barman-133064793.html

    DO NOT SIT HERE COMPARING YOUR SITUATION TO THIS. THERE ARE NEVER TWO SITUATIONS THAT ARE THE SAME. EVERYTHING IS LIKE A FINGERPRINT DIFFERENT IN SO MANY WAYS. THE DIFFERENCE HERE IS THAT YOU STAYED AND HE RAN. THIS IS NOT A MAN THIS IS AN ANIMAL. THIS ANIMAL TOOK GEORGE FROM US (HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS) WE SHOULD BE CELEBRATING WITH GEORGE EVERY WEEKEND LIKE WE DID BEFORE BUT NO WE ARE GRIEVING BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DID AND HE NEEDS TO COME FORWARD AND ANYONE THAT HAS ANY INFORMATION SHOULD COME FORWARD AS WELL. GEORGE WAS A GREAT MAN HE OWNED A BAR WHICH WAS NOT JUST ANY BAR IT WAS HOME. HOME TO HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND STRANGERS HE WELCOMED EVERYONE.
    THIS ANIMAL DOES NOT DESERVE PRAYERS FROM ANYONE HE IS GUILTY THE ONLY PRAYERS THAT SHOULD HAVE HIS NAME IN THEM ARE THE PRAYERS FROM PEOPLE THAT WANT HIM FOUND. FOUND SO WE CAN FINALLY GET JUSTICE FOR GEORGE!

  8. JUSTICE FOR GEORGE says:

    HEY RIKKI CHECK THIS ARTICLE OUT AND LET ME KNOW IF HE IS INNOCENT. THIS MAN HAS A RAP SHEET YOU WANT TO SAY HE IS INNOCENT I DON’T THINK SO HE IS GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY. AND EVERYONE THAT KNOWS WHERE HE IS IS JUST AS GUILTY AS HE IS. I CAN’T STAND PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

    AMC I DID NOT HEAR THAT THE CAB DRIVER DIED. I AM FRIENDS OF GEORGE’S AND THE LAST I HEARD HE WAS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL IN BAD SHAPE AND THAT WAS A WEEK AFTER THE ACCIDENT. IF HE DID DIE MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM AND HIS FAMILY.

  9. AMC says:

    This whole incident is a tragedy…. Please don’t forget that there was another person also killed in this crash. Apparently, the Cab Driver also died in the hospital 2 days after the crash. I pray that both of these souls may rest in peace. Hopefully, this criminal will be caught and the families of these victims will see justice.

  10. Mike Gilmer says:

    I knew he would be black before I even got to his picture.

  11. AS USUAL says:

    yet another deSPICable

    1. Juan Hernendez says:

      How do you know?

  12. MAN UP says:

    Sick for someone to even say the highway dept fault. What a dumbass you are. Look at the street all the cars are facing the same way even if there where no street signs there. Rikki you sound dumber then your name. I know the family and this was another horrible tragedy for them and I’m deeply sorry for their loss && that pathetic excuse for a “man” neeeds TO MAN UP! They know your name and have your picture you will be found! RIP GEORGE

    1. JUSTICE FOR GEORGE says:

      AGREE!

  13. Genic says:

    How in the world can this guy not be caught when the passenger was caught and obviously knows the guy from somewhere and the owner of the vehicle also lent the car to someone who knows this man. This is a load of B.S. Or maybe they are friends or family of a police officer somewhere who can literally erase any evidence. This city is infested with corrupt police and politicians.

  14. John Haines says:

    @Rikki

    I also think you should stay in NJ!! Even if the guy went up the street the wrong way by accident and hit the car by accident and killed a man by accident, it wasn’t a accident that he ran!

  15. Fred says:

    Rikki….stay out of NY please. Every time I have a close call, or see someone do something stupid while driving, 90% of the time its some idiot with NJ plates. Dont come here we dont want you driving our streets.

  16. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    does that give this person the right to leave the scene of a accident that resulted in a death.NO so stop making excuses for this criminal.

  17. Rikki says:

    I could have been that driver …While visiting a friend who lives in maspeth not far from 60th st I went the wrong way on may way home a few years ago…..glad i didn’t hit anyone…. i live in NJ

    Reason….THERE WAS NO MARKINGS ON THE ROAD ANYWHERE..NOTHING TO TELL ME I WAS GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION….

    NO ONE WAY SIGNS OR RIGHT TURN ONLY…….NOTHING …….

    maybe it was an accident caused by the Highway dept. incompetence.

    1. rikki says:

      Oops it was a few months ago and the roads were so badly painted you just had no clue at that time of the morning…

    2. John says:

      I assume you didn’t kill anyone because you weren’t speeding…the driver of this car was speeding which is what caused the crash.
      Also, I know that area very well and it’s not very hard to tell that the street is a one way.

    3. justice for george says:

      i think you need to go back to drivers ed class and read the book again as well. mostly all service roads of any parkway/ expressway is one way going in the direction of which the expressway/parkway is going. do not sit here blaming it on the highway dept and them being incompetent for an accident that happened due to some idiot who was speeding in the wrong direction and ran after he killed an innocent man. if this was truly an accident he had no reason to run but he was guilty and thats why he ran. his buddy was caught with weed on him so only god knows if the driver Peter Rodriguez was drunk or high or both at the time of the accident. not only that it wasnt even his car he was driving so does he even have a license. if this was your friend or brother that was killed in this accident you would not be blaming it on the highway dept you would be blaming it on the driver of the other vehicle. i cant stand people who are so ignorant and you rikki are being ignorant. george was a great man and a great friend to me and many others. he did a lot for his family, friends, community and charities this was a man that did not desreve what happen to him. Peter Rodriguez took George’s life and shattered the lives of his family and his friends. have some respect!

      1. Bernard Murtagh says:

        good for you why did he run hes not a mant so why did he run

      2. Alexis says:

        I Live In The Area and Also Know That The some streets Dont Have Any Signs Directing Which Way to Go.. I Am So sorry For Your Lost Truley are But Has Anyone really Sat Back & Thought This might Have Been That An Accident You Dont Know How You Will React To A Situation As This Unless You Went through it your self I myself had an accident a year ago and know first hand things happen so fast your so scared you just react without thinking ..Im sorry for those who lost there life’s that day but I am also sorry for the driver aswell maybe if the press and everyone would go about the sitaution diffrently this guy would have turned himself in already he must be scared I never killed anyone I was hurt myself & i know I Was scared & still To This Day I Suffer from it ..I Just think before anyone judges anyone people should know the whole story yes someone has inocently died & im so sorry for there families but we all do mistakes in our life we are not perfect noone is I pray for the families Of The Men That Where Lost But I also Pray For The Driver ..

        1. brooklyn mother says:

          your so right alixis

          1. justice for george says:

            I am sorry but alexis is completly wrong. please see my above comment. i meant to comment to alexis but i commented on the entire article. please explain because as a mother how would you like it if this animal killed your child? would you be agreeing with them now? do you know how hard it is to look at your own sister who was very very close to george and to listen to her cry do you know how hard it is to look at george’s family. i know how hard it is because i look at my sister every day and when i do see his siblings my chest hurts my heart feels like it is turning to stone and the anger i have inside for this animal is undescribable i get a knot in my throat that i can barely swallow. have you ever felt this way and i know i will feel this way up until the time this animal is found. he is not innocent he is guilty for what he did and he needs to stop being a child and a coward and own up to his actions and face the consequences. he not only took away george’s life but he shattered the lives of all of the people that loved george and believe me there were and still are hundreds if not thousands. george may not be here today physically but he will live on and believe me we will not stop looking for this animal until he is found.

        2. John says:

          How can you pray for the driver?? If he only left the scene because “he reacted without thinking” why wouldn’t he turn himself in afterwards?? He hasn’t because he is a coward who has run away. His passenger and the owner of the car waited to give up his name to give him,a chance to get out of town before the cops coould find him.
          Everything that this guy did was wrong that night..speeding, going the wrong way on the street, leaving the scene and not turning himself in…this is NOT somebody who deserves prayers. The people who deserve those prayers are the family members of George who are now coping with life without their son, brother, cousin, friend, etc…

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