Police in New York have identified a suspect wanted in connection with the fatal wrong-way crash on the LI-E, which claimed the life of George Gibbons, a well known bar owner.
Authorities have released a photo of 36-year-old Peter Rodriqueza and are asking for the public’s assistance in tracking him down.
The fatal crash occurred on Saturday October 15 when the 37-year-old owner of Gibbons Home in Maspeth was making the journey home in a cab. The driver had only gone a few blocks from the popular Queens bar when a wrong-way driver crashed into the vehicle on the service road of the Long Island Expressway. The driver fled the scene.
Gibbons was pronounced dead on arrival at Elmhurst hospital. Hundreds of people turned out last week to pay their final respects to the popular Irish-American.
His sister younger Bernadette, who worked alongside her brother, had earlier appealed for the driver to come forward.
“Turn yourself in because what are you gaining by living your life as a lie? You know, living your life knowing that you destroyed hundreds, thousands of lives because anyone that knew George loved him,” she said. “Just come forward because we will find you.”
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577