(LONG ISLAND CITY) – “It was just breathtaking, like I never imagined seeing anything like that. It did something to me after seeing something like that.”
That’s how Ralph, who didn’t want to go on camera with PIX 11 News, described the moment he came upon the young Asian man lying dead in the middle of 40th Avenue near 10th street in Queensbridge shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday. The NYPD confirmed that the man was struck by a marked vehicle responding to a 9-1-1 call.
Ralph says the squad car didn’t do enough to alert pedestrians, “I didn’t hear any sirens at all.”
Ralph’s friend Maurice concurred. He too opted not to show his face on camera but did tell PIX 11 News that the young victim never had a chance.
The reason why both didn’t want to show their faces is because of a video shot by Maurice on Ralph’s phone, “Yeah the video was really disturbing,” said Ralph.
The 3:04-minute clip captured the tension of the scene seconds after the accident as angry residents confront the officers who they accuse of habitually speeding through their neighborhood. Maurice said he started shooting because he was concerned that it might have been a friend on the ground and he wanted to document it.
According to him, cops are constantly speeding down this stretch of road, “We need some speed bumps. They shouldn’t be driving that fast around this neighborhood.”
Ralph added that the cops were familiar faces who treated the incident as if it was a routine case, “The actual cop car that hit that pedestrian, that man, I’ve seen them. I see them hear a lot in the evening, and those guys looked like, there was no emotion.”