It happened just before 8 p.m. in front of the Rosatoro restaurant on 35th Street and Ditmars Boulevard.
Police said Xing Long Lin, 37, of Queens, was on his scooter awaiting an order when the 60-year-old driver of a Mercedes SUV lost control while trying to overtake two cars and plowed through through the structure and into a tree. .
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The people on the street ran to help.
Lin was found unconscious and unresponsive and was pronounced dead in the hospital.
A 32-year-old woman was also found on the pavement with injuries to both legs, sustained when struck by debris, and is listed in stable condition.
Despite the tragic nature of the event, officials say it could have been a lot worse if the outdoor dining area had been packed.
The restaurant manager said it was too cold for outdoor dining so the area was closed.
The woman driving the SUV was hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted about the incident on Friday morning, saying, “There is no tolerance for reckless driving. I feel incredible pain for Xing Lin’s family.”
There is ZERO tolerance for reckless driving. I feel incredible pain for Xing Lin’s family.
New York City will continue to deepen our commitment to Vision Zero. Outdoor dining is safe and we will continue to protect pedestrians and al fresco diners. https://t.co/Z0RWc7ftM4
– Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 30, 2021
The mayor went on to say that outdoor dining is safe and the city will continue to “deepen our commitment to Vision Zero” and “protect pedestrians and outdoor dining”.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is active and ongoing.
Police believe speed may have played a role.
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