Hit-and-run driver wanted for striking cop in Queens

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Astoria, Queens (PIX11)- A black truck hit and injured a police officer before speeding off, launching a manhunt in Queens.

Police pulled over the F150 pickup truck with Florida plates around 9 p.m. at Crescent St. and Broadway in Astoria after connecting the plates to a robbery, according to police.  During the traffic stop the driver suddenly accelerated, striking the officer as he fled the scene.

The officer fired at the truck, but it is unclear if anyone was hit.  The truck was later found abandoned at 37th Ave. and 24th St., but the driver is still at large.  Police shutdown the Queensboro Bridge in both directions to search for suspect — described as a white male in his 60s, 6’0″ to 6’2″.

The extent of the cop’s injuries is not known at this time, he was transported to Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan.