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Reckless Driver Smashes into Outdoor Dining Setup in Astoria, Kills Man on Scooter

The outdoor seating area where the crash took place on Ditmars Boulevard and 35th Street in Astoria. (Photo: Christina Santucci)

April 30, 2021 By Allie Griffin

A reckless driver struck a scooter, plowed into multiple cars and careened into an outdoor dining structure in Astoria last night—killing one man and injuring a woman.

The out-of-control driver, a 60-year-old woman, was allegedly speeding in a 2013 Mercedes Benz C-300 northbound on 35th Street around 7:45 p.m. when she fatally struck a 37-year-old Elmhurst man on a 2019 Yamaha Chappy motorcycle, police said.

Her path of destruction continued on the busy street as she then hit two parked cars on the east side of 35th Street and slammed into an outdoor dining set-up at Rosatoro Restaurant, located on the corner of Ditmars Boulevard. The car finally came to rest inside the dining area.

Flying debris from the dining structure hit a 32-year-old woman who was eating at the restaurant.

Officers responding to the crash found the scooter driver, Xing Lin, unconscious and unresponsive lying in the roadway with severe body trauma. The 32-year-old woman was also in the roadway and suffered trauma to both legs, but was conscious, police said.

EMS rushed both crash victims to Elmhurst Hospital, where the man was pronounced dead. The woman is listed in stable condition, police said.

The driver was also taken to hospital and is in stable condition.

Police have not made any arrests and the investigation remains ongoing.

The outdoor seating area where the crash took place on Ditmars Boulevard and 35th Street in Astoria. (Photo: Christina Santucci)

The outdoor seating area where the crash took place on Ditmars Boulevard and 35th Street in Astoria. (Photo: Christina Santucci)

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