NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As police search for a man accused of slamming  into a livery cab and killing the 37-year-old passenger, hundreds in the community are offering their support to the victim’s family.

The crash occurred around 6:45 a.m. on October 15, when 37-year-old George Gibbons closed up his “Gibbon’s Home” bar in Maspeth before catching a cab to go home. His cab had only gone a few blocks when, police say, 36-year-old Peter Rodriguez crashed into the vehicle on the service road of the Long Island Expressway.

Rodriguez fled the scene and Gibbons was pronounced dead on arrival.

“He looked out for everyone, and that’s why you can see the immense amount of support we’re receiving in response to this because people are now returning the favor and looking out for him and trying to get this guy,” said Bernadette Gibbons, George’s sister.

“Everything was really looking up for him, he was in a really happy place,” Gibbons said.

Sources say the suspect has a history of arrests for both narcotics and assaults. Family and friends are plastering his face around the city. There’s also a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

“You have this anger towards somebody that is a coward,” said Gibbons. “To continue running I think is foolish because he will be found. You see the amount of support we have.”

“I just can’t believe it, it’s like a dream everyday that he’s not going to come in to the house. The holidays are coming up. I just can’t believe it,” said George Gibbon Sr.

Comments (5)
  1. po'd says:

    Amy – reallly??? you shouldn’t even post anything on here….. You have no idea what you are talking about.

  2. Amy says:

    I am deeply sorry for the lost of george his family and friends but when I read articles and or post by the media with wrong information detaling the lives of innocent people that have nothing to do with peter rodriques it makes my blood boil shouldnt what is written by the media be confirmed before it is put up?? ? yes the family And Friends want to catch the person responsible and thats understood But When wrong Information is Given An innocent People are paying it is SAD would George Had Want this??? I Wouldnt Think So!!! SO TO THE NOSY PEOPLE MEDIA OR WHOM EVER THAT DOESNT KNOW ANYTHING BUT JUST WANTS TWO MINUTES OF FAME GET A DAM LIFE & LEAVE THE INNOCENT ALONE R.T

    1. KSmith says:

      What are you talking about? An innocent man is DEAD because of that coward that was driving the car and fled the scene,

  3. jtorres says:

    It would behoove Peter Rodriguez to turn himself in and soon. If the victim had this many supporters and that much being offered as a reward, and they know who he is, he’s got nowhere to go. Civilians don’t have any sympathy for a coward. If he’s caught by them and not the police, there might not be much of him left to prosecute

    1. po'd says:

      Jtorres…. I am in 100% agreement with you. This guy really has no idea how many people are looking for him. The fact that he might have been seen in Queens…. B@LLS to be walking around. The right person has not seen him yet…. if they did he would be dragged up the steps of the police station… bruised and bloody.

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