Bicyclist Killed Uptown in Another Car-Door Accident

A bicyclist was killed in a horrific accident today in Harlem, police said.

The rider, who was described only as a 27-year-old male, was in in the bicycle lane on East 120th Street about 20 feet before the intersection with 3rd Avenue at about 8 a.m. when tragedy struck.

That's when the driver of a parked 2008 Honda opened his car door, knocking the cyclist down into the street, police said.

Then, the rider was hit and killed by a passing Hino box truck, driven by a 50-year-old man, police said.

Paramedics responded and the cyclist was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said there were no signs of criminality, but the truck driver was issued five summonses for equipment violations and the driver of the Honda was given a summons for "unsafe exiting a vehicle."

The investigation is ongoing and the cyclist's name was not released pending family notification, police said.

In September, a similar accident claimed the life of 23-year-old bicyclist Jasmine Herron, who was struck by a bus after being hit by a car door in Brooklyn.

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