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Astoria, Long Island City,
Woodside and Jackson Heights
Motorcyclist dies after
fatal collision in Astoria
A motorcyclist died aft er colliding with
a minivan in Astoria on Wednesday,
Offi cers from the 114th Precinct
responded to a call regarding the collision
at the intersection of 33rd Street and
24th Avenue at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Wednesday night and found 27-year-old
Mariano Canales, of 58th Street, laying in
the road with trauma to his body.
EMS arrived at the scene and transported
Canales to Mount Sinai Hospital,
where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation by the NYPD Highway
District’s Collision Investigation Squad
determined that Canales was traveling
eastbound on 24th Avenue while operating
a 2020 Yamaha Chappy Scooter. He
was approaching the intersection at 33rd
Street — with no traffi c signal — when
he struck a white 2005 Chrysler Town &
Country, police said.
Th e minivan, operated by a 73-year-old
man, was traveling southbound on 33rd
Street before stopping at a stop sign and
entering the intersection when Canales
struck the passenger side front door of
the vehicle, according to the investigation.
Th e driver of the minivan remained
on the scene and was not injured, police
ere have been no arrests and the
investigation remains ongoing.
Corona and Elmhurst
Police arrest Elmhurst man
for attempting to lure 11-yearold
girl into car in Corona
An Elmhurst man was arrested aft er he
allegedly attempted to lure an 11-year-old
girl into his car in Corona.
On Monday, Oct. 26, around 8:30 a.m.,
an 11-year-old girl was walking in front of
52-02 103rd St., when Frank Ayala drove
up besides her, police said.
Ayala, 28, attempted to speak to the girl
from inside the gray sedan he was driving,
as she walked down the sidewalk, according
to the NYPD.
When the girl refused, Ayala drove off ,
cops said. No injuries were reported as a
result of this incident.
Ayala was charged with luring a child
to commit a felony, acting in a manner to
injure a child and harassment.
Police believe the car Ayala was driving
has been used in similar attempts to lure
children into the car. Th e 2001 Buick regal
four-door sedan has the license plate number
“JRB3713,” according to the police.
Th e investigation is ongoing.
Th e NYPD is asking any other victims
to please come forward by calling
CrimeStoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst
and North Corona
Subway menace spits
at, punches female
straphanger on E train in
Jackson Heights: NYPD
Police are searching for the man who
spit in a straphanger’s face and then
punched her in the head multiple times
aft er she attempted to chase him off the
train on Th ursday, Oct. 29.
Authorities say the suspect was on board
a Manhattan-bound E train around 10
a.m. on Oct. 29 and walked up to a female
straphanger as the train was approaching
the Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street subway
station in Jackson Heights. Th e man then
spit in her face and attempted to run away,
Th e 32-year-old woman was chasing
the spitter when he turned around and
punched her in the forehead multiple
times before fl eeing in an unknown direction,
according to authorities.
Th e woman was treated at Elmhurst
Hospital for pain to her head, police said.
Anyone with information in regard
to the identity of this male is asked to
call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline
at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish,
888-57-PISTA (74782). Th e public can
also submit their tips by logging onto
the CrimeStoppers website at www.
nypdcrimestoppers.com, on Twitter
@NYPDTips or by texting their tips to
274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confi dential.
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