NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A sport-utility vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian, and injured a bicyclist and two others, in Queens late Thursday, police said.
A trail of debris was left along the westbound side of Horace Harding Expressway service road as police searched for a suspect and tried to piece together the events leading up to the fatal accident.
The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. at Junction Boulevard near the Long Island Expressway service road, on the cusp of Corona and Rego Park, Queens the FDNY told CBS2.
“When I turned I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s not good,” one woman said.
Police told CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco that the black Porsche SUV was traveling west on the Horace Harding Expressway service road at a high rate of speed when its driver lost control, hit a tree and the sidewalk, and then hit a 21-year-old woman in the crosswalk and a 26-year-old woman on a bicycle.
The driver went on to hit two more vehicles, including a green borough taxi, police said.
Witnesses were horrified by the scene left behind.
“It was coming from the corner trying to beat the yellow lights. Unfortunately, the lady was about to finish the last step of the walk inside when the driver just left the lady, hit the other car, hit the other car. It was really sad,” one woman recalled.
“It was three cars. It was one person pinned to the rear wheel, and you could see the blood at the back of the rear wheel,” a man added.
The 46-year-old driver of a Mini Cooper the SUV struck was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, while the 26-year-old driver of the Toyota Camry green taxi was treated at the scene and released, police said. The bicyclist suffered head and shoulder injuries.
The 21-year-old woman was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she died.
When the Porsche came to a stop, the driver bailed and ran off on foot, police said. He was last seen running north on Junction Boulevard, and was described as a male Hispanic in his 50s, last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
The NYPD Highway Unit Collision Investigation Squad was investigating.
“The detective squad and the collision squad is checking the area for video,” NYPD Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson said.
Police were searching for surveillance video late Thursday.