Elderly Man Killed  in Car Accident


On Wednesday, August 1, an elderly man was hit by a car around Beach 116th Street. He later died from his injuries.

On Wednesday, just after noon, Patrick Kenny, 88, was walking home with bags of groceries, when he was hit by a 2001 Ford F-150 while crossing Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 116th Street. The strike sent Kenny flying into the air. He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition and unfortunately died from his injuries the following day.

The driver, Kenlyn Franklyn, 60, remained at the scene. According to the New York Daily News, investigators believe Franklyn was making an illegal  U-turn from the eastbound lane of Rockaway Beach Blvd. to the westbound lane when he accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake and struck Kenny.

Franklyn, of Brooklyn, remained at the scene. Cops charged him with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care.

He was given a desk appearance ticket and is expected to answer the charges later this month, authorities said. Franklyn was arrested and charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. He will have to appear in court to answer the charges later this month.

This incident comes just a few weeks after a woman was fatally struck by a speeding vehicle on Beach 73rd Street. NYPD has since stepped up their enforcement of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to reduce accidents.

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