Woodbury pediatrician killed by car in Queens
A Woodbury pediatrician on his way to a hospital to tend to a patient Monday evening was struck by a car and killed in Flushing, Queens, according to police and his family.
Dr. Siu Lee, 55, was walking against the light about 6:20 p.m. on Booth Memorial Avenue at 141st Street when police said he was hit by a gray 2002 Mercedes-Benz traveling west.
His son, Michael Lee, said he believed his father had parked his car in a lot across the street from New York Hospital Queens, where his patient was waiting for him, and was heading there when the Mercedes slammed into him.
Lee, who police said suffered severe head and body injuries, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"My father was such a wonderful person and a loving and a caring father," said Michael Lee, 24, of Silver Spring, Md.
News of Lee's sudden death devastated his immediate family, which also includes his wife, Haikyung, 52, a second son, Jonathan, 26, and a daughter, Sarah, 15.
"We are in mourning," Michael Lee said.
No charges are expected to be filed against the Mercedes driver, said the NYPD, who did not release that person's name. An investigation, police said, is continuing.
For nearly two decades, Lee was an attending physician at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Flushing, where he completed his residency in 1994.
The doctor also had privileges at New York Hospital Queens and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, as well as a private practice in Flushing, his son said.
Lee treated patients he knew could not afford to pay, his son said.
"He felt these are people in need," Michael Lee said.
Lee's generosity also extended to helping strangers he met in China and Mexico where he had done missionary work through his church, the Arumdaun Presbyterian Church in Bethpage, his son said.
"At the core of his being, he was a very religious man," Michael Lee said. "He really was a man of God."
Funeral arrangements were still being made Tuesday.
Dr. Lee's wife was too distraught to speak to Newsday, but through her son, said she'll never forget the affection he showed for her and their children.
"During the 30 years of marriage, she cherished the love he gave," Michael Lee said. "She's so thankful for that."