The couple was on their way to JFK airport for work. The driver escaped the scene on foot.
One couple was so connected and inseparable that they were together even in death. 60-year-old Thelma Reid and 57-year-old Donvan Gibbson were killed in a fatal hit and run accident on New Year's Day. According to People, the couple married for eight years were on their way to work at Sky Chefs at JFK Airport. The incident came to light after the New York City police responded to a 911 call in connection with an accident that occurred around 5 am. A spokesperson for the NYPD stated that the accident took place at the corner of Ocean Crest Boulevard and Rockaway Freeway in Queens.
Husband and Wife Killed in Hit-and-Run on New Year's Day: 'Everything They Did Was Together' https://t.co/jFVKQlo4QN— People (@people) January 2, 2021
On arriving at the location, the police found the couple unresponsive with trauma to the head and body. On being identified, the couple was transported to St. John's Episcopal Hospital. They were pronounced dead at the facility. Upon investigation, the police found that a gray 2011 Dodge Ram traveling eastbound collided with the couple's blue 2019 Nissan Rouge that was heading north on Ocean Crest Boulevard. The driver of the Dodge escaped the scene on foot while the 37 and 33-year-old male passengers stayed behind.
The 37-year-old male with injuries was taken to the NYC & Health & Hospitals/Jamaica. But the 33-year-old, on the other hand, was arrested and charged with obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct.
The death of the elderly couple has caused immense sorrow to their near and dear ones. According to New Yor Daily News, Reid’s niece, 42-year-old Renee Vrightly stated, "We were right here and it happened right there, right near their home." She continued, "I don’t know how you can just leave the scene of an accident like that. I don’t understand it. Those people had a family."
She added, "We are a very big family, very close knit. They left a huge hole in our family. We are distraught. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone." Speaking of the love they shared, Vrightly said, "Even if she wasn’t working, she’d wait there for him and he’d do the same. They really did love each other." She noted, "They were both hardworking immigrants. They were churchgoing people. They were always together. Everything they did was together.”
Judy Austin, a neighbor of the couple for about 40 years shared, "I passed out, I couldn’t believe it. When my husband came and told me I said, ‘No, no, no.’ I just hope to God she wasn’t in any pain.” She stated, "It’s a terrible day for this to happen. What a lovely person she was. It’s going to be hard for all of us, for her kids. We were so close. It really hit us bad ... We’re going to miss her.”