Driver Arrested in Queens After Allegedly Hitting Pedestrian, Leaving Scene

It happened at about 8 p.m. near Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue

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    A driver has been arrested for allegedly hitting a pedestrian in Queens Monday evening. Andrew Siff reports. (Published Tuesday, April 24, 2012)

    Police are investigating after a pedestrian was hit by a driver in Queens Monday evening.

    The 25-year-old man was struck near Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue at about 8 p.m., according to police.

    "It hit him and he went up about 15 feet in the air," said Tiffany Robinson, who witnessed the accident. "You saw sneakers flying, like left and right, and then he was just on the floor."

    Another witness, Barry Abubakr, described hearing a sudden "boom" before he saw the victim laying on the ground.

    "He wasn't moving," said Abubakr. "He was just lying motionless."

    The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to Jamaica Hospital in serious condition.

    Detectives said the driver continued on after hitting the pedestrian, but was pulled over a few blocks away. He was placed in handcuffs and arrested for leaving the scene of an accident.

    He was administered a Breathalyzer test. Results were not immediately available.

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