Teen killed in valet parking accident

A 17-year-old restaurant valet parker was killed on Nov. 1 when he tried to stop a rolling minivan from hitting another parked car on 83rd Street in Bay Ridge.

Mousa Alijahmi was working at his part-time job parking cars at the Pearl Room, a popular Third Avenue eatery, at just after 10 pm when the the green 2007 Dodge minivan started rolling.

The first-year student at the College of Staten Island had hopped out of the vehicle without shifting gears into park, police said.

When the car began rolling backwards, Alijahmi, whose hobbies included weightlifting and body-building, ran behind the car and tried to stop it from moving.
But the force of the vehicle threw him backward, pinning him in between the minivan and a parked gray sport utility vehicle, police said.

The teenager was taken to nearby Lutheran Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead later that night.

— Emily Lavin

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