Man helping stranded motorist killed by hit-and-run driver in Queens

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SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, Queens (WABC) — Police are searching for the driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run in Queens.

Police said 51-year-old Michael Agurkis had pulled over to help a stranded motorist around 8:30 p.m. Friday along the Nassau Expressway in Springfield Gardens.

After Agurkis got out of his car, a blue Ford Econoline van plowed into him.

The driver abandoned the van at the scene and took off.

Agurkis, a father of three, lived in a basement apartment in Atlantic Beach in Nassau County.

He was remembered as a warm, upbeat man who was well-known and well-liked, generous and thoughtful.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I just could not believe it, but he would stop to help somebody. That’s Mike, Mike is just like that. What happened to him is Mike, 100%. He would help anybody at any time,” Agurkis’ landlord Robert Delprete said.

“I’m not surprised that he would be doing something like that. It doesn’t matter if he knew you or if he didn’t. That’s the kind of person that Mike was. You can ask any neighbor on this block. He was shoveling snow, scraping the ice off of your cars, making sure your windshield wipers were up when there was a bad storm,” Agurkis’ friend Lisa Delprete said.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

His friends have established a GoFundMe page for donations to help his children.

His friends have established a GoFundMe page for donations to help his children.

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