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Long Island City, Sunnyside,
Man cuff ed for hitting
pedestrian and causing
three-car pile up
A man was arrested last week aft er his
reckless driving cost a man his life and
caused a three-car pile up in Woodside.
According to police, at 8:17 p.m. on
Dec. 11, the NYPD responded to a 911 call
regarding a motor vehicle collision involving
a pedestrian struck on Broadway at
60th Street. Upon their arrival, offi cers
found Alberto Zamacona, 47, lying on the
roadway with severe head trauma.
EMS rushed Zamacona to NYC Health
& Hospitals/Elmhurst, where he died of
his injuries on Dec. 13.
An investigation found that prior to this
incident, 50-year-old Jorge Samaniego
was leaving the scene of another crash
he was involved with on Broadway and
55th Street in a 2000 Honda Odyssey. As
he approached the intersection at 60th
Street, Samaniego allegedly ran through
a steady red light and hit Zamacona, who
was trying to cross Broadway in a marked
crosswalk with the signal in his favor.
Zamacona hit the car’s hood before landing
on the ground.
Upon impact, Samaniego allegedly continued
to drive down Broadway — crossing
from the eastbound lanes to the westbound
lanes — disobeyed another steady
red traffi c signal at the intersection of 61st
Street, and struck a 2013 Toyota Prius,
operated by a 56-year-old man, which was
stopped at a red traffi c signal in the west
bound lane of Broadway. As a result, the
Prius struck a 2015 Toyota Sienna, operated
by a 46-year-old man, in the travel
lane, which in turn struck a 2014 Jeep
Grand Cherokee, operated by a 30-yearold
Th e drivers of the Prius and the Sienna
were taken to NYC Health & Hospitals/
Elmhurst in stable condition, where they
were subsequently treated and released.
Th e driver of the Jeep was not injured.
Samaniego was taken into custody that
evening and charged with aggravated
DWI, aggravated vehicular assault, failure
to yield to a pedestrian, leaving the scene
of an accident, reckless driving and violating
a red light.
Jackson Heights, Corona, East
Four sought for armed
robbery in East Elmhurst
Th e NYPD is looking for
four men who attacked a man
in East Elmhurst and stole
his recent shopping purchases
According to police, at 1:25
a.m. on Nov. 30, an 18-yearold
man was exiting a livery
cab on 31st Avenue near
96th Street with his shopping
bags when he was approached
by four unknown men, who
attempted to get into the cab.
A verbal dispute occurred
between the fi ve men, which
quickly turned physical.
Two of the suspects assaulted
the victim and took his
chain from around his neck,
while one of the other men
pulled out a fi rearm. Th e victim
dropped his shopping
bags, which contained clothing,
and fl ed the scene. Th e
victim returned to the scene
later and found that his bags were missing.
Th e suspects are described as men,
three of whom are between the ages of
18 to 25 years old. Th e fi rst suspect,
described as weighing between 170 and
180 pounds, was last seen wearing a black
jacket and blue jeans. Th e second suspect,
described as weighing between 160
and 170 pounds, was last seen wearing
a black sweater, black sweatpants with a
white stripe down his pants, dark green
jacket and red sneakers. Th e third suspect,
described as weighing between 210 and
220 pounds, was last seen wearing a gray
sweater, black vest, black jeans, red baseball
cap, and yellow sneakers.Th e description
of the fourth man is not currently
available from the NYPD.
Duo sought for two armed
robberies in Jamaica
Cops are looking for a duo who are
believed to be behind a pair of armed
robberies in Jamaica.
According to police, at 9:40 p.m.
on Nov. 10, a 26-year-old woman and
24-year-old man were walking in front of
Walkway’s Grocery store, located at 88-28
150th St., when they were approached by
two unknown men. Th e fi rst suspect
pulled out a black fi rearm while the second
suspect the victim’s wallet and two
iPhone 10Rs. Th e pair then fl ed the scene
southbound on Hillside Avenue.
Th e suspects struck again on Dec. 1. At
2:55 a.m. that day, a 24-year-old man was
walking in the vicinity of 139th Street and
Archer Avenue when he was approached
by the suspects, who were simulating like
they had fi rearms in their jackets. Th e
fi rst suspect stated, “Give us the stuff and
you won’t get hurt!”, as the second suspect
took the victim’s watch, necklace
and bracelet. Both men were last seen
fl eeing on foot to parts unknown.
No injuries were reported as a result of
On Dec. 13, the NYPD released photos
and video of the suspects. Th e video
depicts the suspects walking nearby the
fi rst incident before it took place.
Th e fi rst suspect, described as a man
with a medium complexion, was last seen
wearing a black hooded winter jacket,
black pants and black shoes. Th e second
suspect, described as a man with a goatee
and a dark complexion, was last seen
wearing eye glasses, a green Nike hooded
sweatshirt, green sweatpants, black
jacket with brown sleeves with a picture
on the black, a brown baseball cap and
black sneakers. Th e NYPD also released
a photo fo the second suspect riding the
Q43 bus heading southbound on Hillside
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