Family Mourns 65-Year-Old Grandfather Who Died Days After ATV Driver Knocked Him Off Bike - NBC New York

Family Mourns 65-Year-Old Grandfather Who Died Days After ATV Driver Knocked Him Off Bike

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    Grandfather Dies After ATV Mob Throws Him Off Bike: Cops

    An ATV rider attacked a grandfather on a bike in Queens, knocking him off and killing him. Wale Aliyu reports. (Published Monday, Sept. 3, 2018)

    What to Know

    • A 65-year-old man died days after an ATV driver knocked him off his bicycle on a Queens street

    • Eucario Xelo was bicycling in Ridgewood when a group of ATV drivers approached him. Video shows one of the drivers knocking him off his bike

    • Xelo succumbed to his injuries four days later, according to police

    A 65-year-old man died days after an ATV driver appeared to knock him off his bicycle on a Queens street — and family and friends hope surveillance video will help find the culprit.

    Eucario Xelo was bicycling west on Seneca Avenue in Ridgewood just after midnight on Aug. 28 when a group of ATV drivers approached from behind, police said. 

    Surveillance video appears to show one of the drivers knocking Xelo to the ground before the entire group speeds off. Police said they couldn't confirm whether the driver knocked him off his bicycle, or if the ATV made contact with him. 

    Xelo, who lived in Brooklyn, was hospitalized after he was found unconscious in the road. He succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, the NYPD said.

    Police say the same group of ATV drivers tried to knock someone else off a bicycle minutes after they knocked Xelo off his bike, but that incident didn't result in a fatality. 

    Sandra Hernandez, Xelo's stepdaughter, told News 4 New York she hoped surveillance video could help track down the person who knocked him over. 

    The driver could face a vehicular manslaughter charge, among other charges, police said. It isn't legal to drive ATVs on New York City streets. 

    "I hope they catch these [people] because what they did, they didn't think of the consequences that would happen," Hernandez said. 

    Xelo's former manager Rafael Rodriguez told News 4 he was a dishwasher at Jorge's, a Dominican restaurant in Ridgewood. Xelo was heading home after work when the incident happened, he said.

    "He was a great guy... he doesn't have any problems, doesn't do nothing," Rodriguez said. 

    Xelo's family believes the same thing could happen to someone else if the ATV driver isn't caught. 

    Xelo had five children and eight grandchildren, according to Telemundo.

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