Kevin Liang, a New York Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician (FDNY EMT), was laid to rest on Tuesday after being killed in a hit-and-run on September 30. His family is now offering a $25,000 reward for whoever can help identify the suspect.
The 27-year-old FDNY medic, a soon-to-be firefighter, was believed to have been struck by a dark-colored sedan as he was driving on the Kosciuszko Bridge in September at around 8 p.m.
According to the NYPD, both Liang — who was riding his motorcycle at the time of the accident — and the sedan were heading east as they traveled through the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.
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The dark-colored sedan, however, switched from the left to the middle lane, and eventually hit Liang. His motorcycle was found in the right lane, but the car quickly fled the scene, NBC News reported.
Liang was brought to Woodhull Hospital after emergency responders found him. But police said he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The Brooklyn native, who just passed his FDNY firefighter promotion test last December, died two days after his birthday. He was reportedly heading to Queens to meet his girlfriend for a birthday dinner. Liang’s girlfriend got worried, so she tried tracing his cellphone, which led to Woodhull Hospital.
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“The best part of his life was in front of him. He was really blossoming into a man. He was very responsible and he had the support of his entire family, his entire community. Everyone was rooting for Kevin,” one of Liang’s cousins, Maxwell Li, told ABC7 Eyewitness News.
“Why did he leave? This is a human being. It’s a fellow citizen. It’s a fellow New Yorker,” said Pang Lee, Kevin’s other cousi.
An investigation into Liang’s case is still on going. The family has offered a $25,000 reward to anyone who might have further information regarding the identity of the dark-colored sedan driver. Tips about the accident that may help with the investigation can be left at the Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS.