Ridgewood bicyclist killed in Maspeth by allegedly impaired driver

AccidentA 34-year-old Ridgewood woman was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer driver who was allegedly under the influence of drugs according to police, early Wednesday morning. The fatal accident took place near the intersection of 56th Road and 48th Street at around 8:45 p.m.

On Thursday, the woman was identified as 34-year-old Anna Rodriguez who lived in an apartment on Ridgewood’s Seneca Avenue.

Police initially received a call that a woman was struck while riding her bicycle. When they responded to the scene, she was observed to be lying in the roadway with trauma to her head and body. She taken from the scene by ambulance to Elmhurst Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A subsequent investigation revealed that the tractor trailer, being operated by 57-year-old Dennis Forceri of Miller Place, New York, struck the cyclist as he turned onto 48th Street.

As a result of the accident, the driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter, negligent homicide, driving while ability impaired: drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation, motor vehicle fail to yield to a bicycle, a motor vehicle violation and failure to exercise due care.

The drug the driver tested positive for, was reportedly cocaine. 

Public Advocate Letitia James spoke out, following the incident a recent number of bicyclist fatalities:

“Yesterday, a cyclist was struck and killed by a tractor trailer in Maspeth, Queens, the latest traffic fatality in what has been a particularly tragic week and a half on our City’s streets,” James said. “Over the past eleven days, five pedestrians and one cyclist were killed by motor vehicles in New York City. We must continue to work together to achieve Vision Zero, which requires good street design, education, and enforcement. Too many innocent New Yorkers are dying on our City’s streets and sidewalks, and we have a moral and civil responsibility to use every tool in our arsenal to make our City safer.”

Armed men rob Queens deli at gunpoint

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Two men robbed a Queens deli on the Ridgewood/Maspeth border at gunpoint last Sunday. A recently released surveillance video shows that the man’s mask slips off briefly as he hops the counter. The incident occurred at about 11:02 p.m., when the two male suspects entered Flushing Avenue Deli and Grocery, located at 63-22 Flushing Avenue and displayed firearms according to police.

One victim was allegedly robbed of a samsung cellphone and wallet containing $100 in cash while another in the store was robbed of an iPhone and a wallet containing about $300 in cash. $5,000 was removed from the store’s register as well as about 10 lottery tickets.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Warning: below video depicts men using firearms in a threatening manner.