Pedestrian Dies after Being Struck Twice and Dragged 17 Miles
In fact, such a terrifying incident happened on a street in Corona, Queens last week when a pedestrian was hit by s sport utility vehicle, then immediately struck again by a cargo van that dragged the victim 17 miles through a web of city highways and to Coney Island in Brooklyn, The New York Times has learned. The victim, apparently a male who has not yet been identified died on the spot.
The chain of incidents started at 6 a.m. in the vicinity of 51st Avenue and 108th Street in Corona, and ended about an hour later at Neptune Avenue and Brighton 10th Terrace in Coney Island, the police said. It seems that the driver who struck the pedestrian first stopped immediately and dialed 911. However, as surprising as it may appear, officers who arrived at the scene could not find a body.
The mystery was later solved when they found out that a red cargo van struck the victim again and dragged him after it for 17 miles. The driver of the van claims he saw vehicles in traffic ahead of him swerving but he believed they were trying to avoid a pothole. The police says it is probably they were trying to steer around the accident or around the victim lying in the road.
In addition, the second driver told the cops that he kept driving for a while but that he stopped at some point to check his vehicle because something seemed to be wrong with it. What's even more incredible is that he didn't see anything unusual so, he continued his journey. He drove along the Grand Central Parkway, then headed south on the Van Wyck Expressway and then west on the Belt Parkway.
But when he exited in Brooklyn, others began flagging him down to tell him he was dragging something. That was the moment when he found out that he was carrying a dead body under his van.
Even if the nightmarish scenario seems as if a part of a murder plan, cops claim no criminality was involved in this case.