DOA On A Foggy Rockaway Morning
Anthony Luster died because he was driving under the elevated structure at Beach 84 Street early on a foggy morning. Or, perhaps, he was going too fast for the conditions and the road. Or, perhaps, as police believe, he was speeding on the dangerous Rockaway Freeway.
Luster, 33, was driving his Lincoln Navigator SUV east on the Freeway, heading for his home at 301 Beach 84 Street, right around the corner from the accident scene shortly after 6 a.m. on October 20.
It was an extremely foggy morning and there is a slight curve where he hit a concrete pillar head on, causing him to be ejected from the vehicle.
Police speculate that he was driving at a high speed, did not see the curve in the fog and hit the pillar.
“The damage to the automobile certainly indicates that he was driving at a high rate of speed,” a police source told The Wave this week.
The source added that Luster had only a driver’s permit, not a license.
Rodney Luster, the victim’s uncle, who brought Luster up from the time he was five years old, said that his nephew was not drinking, that he had left the uncle’s apartment the night before heading for home.
“He wasn’t drinking and he wasn’t planning to drink,” Rodney Luster said. “They are going to try and make it look like it was his fault, but it was just a tragic accident.”
Luster was an employee of Marshall’s who was planning on opening a cleaning store of his own, Luster said. He also held a certificate in counseling those with HIV-Aids, he added.
“He was a dedicated father,” Rodney Luster said. “He liked music, but what he liked best was spending time with his family.”
Luster was transported to the trauma center at Jamaica Hospital and was declared DOA at that facility.