On Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1:09 a.m., police responded to a call of a pedestrian struck at 40-05 College Point Blvd. in Flushing.
Upon arrival, officers discovered Mariano Contreras, 41, of Corona unconscious and unresponsive in the street. EMS also responded and transported the male to New York Hospital Queens, where he was pronounced dead.
Preliminary investigation shows that the pedestrian was attempting to cross College Point Boulevard from east to west, mid-block, outside of any marked crosswalks. The pedestrian entered the northbound lane, when he was struck by a vehicle, which was identified as a dark-colored 2014-15 model Jeep Grand Cherokee, which fled the scene northbound on College Point Boulevard. The pedestrian was thrown to the pavement, coming to rest in the right shoulder of the northbound lane.
There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.