An 88-year-old man who clung to life for nine days after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle on a Queens street has died, according to police.
Mohamed Ali was riding his mountain bike on 131st Street near Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park on April 16 when a blue sedan struck him, police said.
The driver apparently never stopped, according to witnesses.
Ali was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition with a head injury. He died Tuesday after being taken off life support, an agonizing decision made by his daughter.
"It was very hard to seem like that," said Razia Ali.
Ali's wife of almost 68 years, Corasaia Ali, can't believe he's gone and says she can't sleep at night.
The Guyanese immigrant was a familiar sight in South Ozone Park on his bicycle. His family said the retired security guard frequently attended weddings and family functions as the patriarch of six children, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
His daughter called the runaway driver "cowardly."
"He should turn himself in," she said.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
-- Roseanne Colletti contributed to this report