Thursday, September 11, 2008
Another Death on Queens Boulevard
Elderly Woman Struck while Crossing in Forest Hills
The notorious “Boulevard of Death” claimed another life when an 81-year-old woman was struck by a car and killed last Friday.
According to police, Shellie Parris was hit at about 8 p.m. while crossing in front of 109-15 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. An 83-year-old woman driving a Toyota Camry remained at the scene and was not charged in the accident.
Michelle DeMerse, who lives in a nearby apartment building, said she heard a loud “thump.” A short time later, she saw paramedics attempt to revive the woman. “You see CPR all the time on television but seeing it live is like getting hit with a brick. It’s shocking,” said DeMerse.
A section of Queens Boulevard was closed while the accident was investigated, and the driver held at the scene by police for nearly three hours, according to DeMerse.
The Forum Newsgroup/photo courtesy of MICHELLE DEMERSE