Officials: Teen killed as car jumps curb in Queens

The NYPD said a preliminary investigation shows the

The NYPD said a preliminary investigation shows the driver of a 2002 Dodge Caravan traveling east on Thompson Avenue in Long Island City "apparently lost control and mounted the sidewalk striking five pedestrians," one fatally. (March 11, 2013) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

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A 16-year-old boy from Queens was fatally struck Monday morning on a sidewalk near LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, after a minivan jumped a curb in a three-car accident that also left four other pedestrians injured, officials said.

The boy, identified as Drudak Tenzin of 58th Avenue, Maspeth, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The four injured were LaGuardia college students, officials said.


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A preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 Dodge Caravan traveling east on Thomson Avenue "apparently lost control and mounted the sidewalk striking five pedestrians," the NYPD's 108th Precinct said in a statement.

The accident took place just after 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Thomson Avenue and 30th Street near the college. The driver of the vehicle was issued a summons for driving without insurance, said an NYPD spokesman.

The victims were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, Susan Lyddon, a college spokeswoman, said. "Four of the individuals involved were LaGuardia Community College students, and my understanding is that they had minor injuries," the spokeswoman said.

Police said the four, whose ages ranged from 18 to 22, were in stable condition.

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