SOUTH OZONE PARK, Queens — A family is angry and heartbroken Tuesday morning after a destructive crash in Queens killed a grandmother and sent another woman to the hospital, all because a man ran a red light and plowed into their vehicle before fleeing the scene, according to police.
Authorities said it all started around 1:15 a.m. when a man driving a Lexus SUV cruised through a red light while driving west on 111th Avenue, near 126th Street, in South Ozone Park.
As the Lexus drove into the intersection it struck a Honda SUV traveling north on 126th Street, plowing into the passenger side of the Honda and killing Gilda Lascano, 72, on impact, according to police.
The collision sent the Honda crashing into the storefront of flower shop Elegant Floral Design, authorities said.
An eyewitness on the scene, who did not wish to be identified, told PIX11's Anthony DiLorenzo that he and other bystanders rushed to the wreckage to try to help the victims.
The witness said the woman driving the Honda said she was a family friend of Lascano and that she was dropping her off at home.
Two of Lascano's children on the scene told PIX11 that she had five children and many grandchildren, and that the hardworking woman was heading home from work when she was killed.
Lascano lived less than a block away from where the fatal collision occurred, according to the NYPD.
The driver of the Honda, who has yet to be identified, was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries to her body, according to police.
The witness told PIX11 the man driving the Lexus climbed out of the SUV, glanced back at the victims from the Honda and then took off running. The witness said the man was wearing a gray sweatsuit, with his pants falling down enough to reveal orange underwear.
Police confirmed the man driving the Lexus apparently fled the scene on foot.
The NYPD said no arrests have been made.