2012-10-26 / Top Stories

DOA On A Foggy Rockaway Morning

By Howard Schwach


Family members look over the car in which Luster died. The car had been towed to the 100 Precinct parking lot. Photos by Howard Schwach. Family members look over the car in which Luster died. The car had been towed to the 100 Precinct parking lot. Photos by Howard Schwach. 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 demolished car the afternoon of the accident. The demolished car the afternoon of the accident. “The driver was placed under arrest for suspicion of DWI at the scene, but expired at Jamaica Hospital before being tested.”

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.


Luster, right, with his fiancée, Samtika Duran. The couple has one daughter with another due in a few months. Luster, right, with his fiancée, Samtika Duran. The couple has one daughter with another due in a few months. Anthony Luster lived with his fiancée, Samtika Duran. The couple has a five-year-old daughter and Duran is six months pregnant with another baby girl.

“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.



The driver’s compartment was completely demolished and Luster was thrown from the car. The driver’s compartment was completely demolished and Luster was thrown from the car.

A make-shift street memorial has grown at the Beach 84 Street accident site. A make-shift street memorial has grown at the Beach 84 Street accident site.

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why would The driver be

why would The driver be placed under arrest for suspicion of DWI at the scene. They never said the found any alcohol at the scene.? IS IT CAUSE HE IS BLACK.


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