Eight-year-old Noshat Nahian was struck and killed by an eighteen-wheeler semi while crossing the intersection between 61st Street and Northern Boulevard last Friday, December 20. The incident happened in the morning, when he and his eleven-year old sister were on their way to P.S. 152 in Woodside, Queens. Nahian was rushed to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle was promptly arrested after it was discovered that he was unlicensed to drive trucks.
The boy's father Mohammed Osma Miah tearfully replied that he was planning to move his family back to Bangladesh, but decided not to after his son begged him to continue living in the U.S. Crisis counselors were brought in to help Nahian's fellow students heal from the tragic incident.
Local Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer put out the following statement in condolence to the boy's family- "I am devastated to learn of the tragic death this morning of Noshat Nahian who was attempting to cross the street on his way to PS 152 in Woodside. An investigation is ongoing as to exactly how this occurred but I know already that all streets, including Northern Boulevard, must be safe and livable and no child should ever die simply trying to cross the street on his way to school. We have much work to do to make certain this never happens again and I am committed to a world where Vision Zero is a reality. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of this young boy and to Principal Vitolo and the entire PS 152 community. Woodside and all of New York City stands with you and is praying for you at this difficult time".
According to the Department of Transportation, Northern Boulevard is considered to be one of the most dangerous streets in Queens, particularly for pedestrians.