On Sunday, November 13, 2011, Maspeth community members supported the Gibbons family in their search to find the man responsible for George Gibbons’ death.
George Gibbons was killed on October 15, 2011 when the livery cab taking him home was struck by a vehicle traveling the wrong the way on the Long Island Expressway service road. The alleged driver, identified by police as Peter Rodriguez, 36, fled the scene and has evaded capture since the accident.
At Sunday’s event, community members posted fliers about the suspect throughout the city. Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-30, Queens) also joined the crowd to offer her support. On November 1, 2011, Council Member Crowley, along with Rep. Joe Crowley, Maspeth Town Hall, and Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, announced a $10,000 reward for anyone who provides a tip that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the crime. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Council Member Elizabeth Crowley said, “The tragic death of George Gibbons has left the Maspeth community looking for answers. On Sunday we came together to to spread information about this fugitive wanted in the hit and run. Capturing Peter Rodriguez will help give the Gibbons family some peace of mind during these difficult times.”
Bernadette Gibbons, sister of George Gibbons, said, “George looked out for everyone and that’s why we have all this support around us. Wherever Peter Rodriguez is, he’s hiding and doing a good job of it. But it’s the cowardly thing to do because we will find you. If you know anything, please call the police and bring justice for George.”