Father of Four Fatally Struck by Car in Richmond Hill: NYPD

A 54-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing Atlantic Avenue and 107th Street in Richmond Hill Saturday night, the NYPD said.

Oscar Pauzhi, a father of four, died after he was hit by a 2006 Hyundai Elantra driving westbound on Atlantic Avenue around 11:20 p.m., according to police. Pauzhi had reportedly stepped out onto the avenue at 107th Street when he was struck, officials said.

Pauzhi, a construction worker who had moved to the U.S. in the mid-1980s, was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

The man’s death was the second fatality to occur last week on Atlantic Avenue in Queens, and a 26-year-old man from Woodhaven was hit and killed at 85th Street last Wednesday. Both deaths occurred outside the “slow zone” recently implemented by the city as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” program that aims to drastically reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities.

The two crashes that occurred last week on Atlantic Avenue are east of the new zone, an eight mile stretch that runs along the busy corridor from Furman Street in Brooklyn Heights to 76th Street in Woodhaven. Once designated a slow zone, the speed limit was dropped from 30 mph to 25 mph, and the area received additional police enforcement.


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