Angela Hurtado, 68, was crossing the street at Grand Avenue and 69th Place just after 11 a.m when she was hit by a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero driven by Abel Tinoco of Queens.
Tinoco was headed north on 69th Place when he made an illegal left turn onto Grand Avenue. Only right turns are permitted at the intersection, and the traffic light clearly has a green right turn signal indicating the restriction.
Hurtado was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Tinoco, 28, remained on the scene and was arrested. He was charged with driving without a license.
In the wake of Saturday fatal accident, Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET) president Roe Daraio announced that the civic association would be forming a new committee to address traffic issues in the area.
Daraio said nine volunteers have already come forward to sit on the committee, and the civic has reached out to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley's office and the 104th Precinct.
“We have a million issues here, so having some direction on what we should focus on first would be nice,” she said.
The 104th Precinct last week and on Sunday was issuing summons to law-breaking drivers on Grand Avenue, but Daraio said that was just a “band-aid” solution.
“The 104th Precinct can't be out there all the time issuing summons,” she said. “Maybe if we all put our heads together we can come up with a permanent solution.