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Man fatally struck while crossing Van Wyck: Police

Police say a man was fatally struck on the Van Wyck Expressway (pictured).
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Police were investigating a fatal accident early Sunday morning that left a pedestrian dead on the border of South Ozone Park and South Jamaica after he ran across the Van Wyck Expressway, the NYPD said.

Emergency responders were called to the scene around 2:10 a.m. after receiving reports of a man running through traffic highway between the exits for Liberty and Atlantic avenues, authorities said. Police said they arrived to find an unidentified man who appeared to be in his 20s lying unconscious in the roadway with injuries to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to NYPD officials, the pedestrian was attempting to cross the Van Wyck when he was struck by a 2010 Ford van traveling northbound in the left lane of the expressway. Police said the driver of the vehicle, a 45-year-old man, remained on the scene while emergency crews responded and no arrests were made.

The investigation was continuing and identity of the man struck will not be released until family has been notified, police said.

Reach reporter Kelsey Durham at 718-260-4573 or by e-mail at

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