What to Know
- A dump truck driver struck and killed a cyclist in East Harlem before fleeing the scene, police said
- The 25-year-old man was traveling on a bike path when a dump truck driver made an illegal left turn and hit him, the NYPD said
- The cyclist was taken to the hospital with severe body trauma, where he was pronounced dead. No one had been arrested as of Saturday morning
A dump truck driver struck and killed a cyclist in East Harlem before fleeing the scene, police said.
The 25-year-old man was traveling south on a bike path coming off the Willis Avenue Bridge around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when a Kenworth dump truck driver traveling south on 1st Avenue made an illegal left turn onto East 125th Street in an attempt to get onto the bridge, a preliminary NYPD investigation found.
As the dump truck was turning, it struck the cyclist, sending him to the ground with severe body trauma, according to police.
The cyclist was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Police didn't immediately release his name.
The driver of the dump truck didn’t stay at the scene, according to police. The driver was last seen traveling north on the bridge.
No one had been arrested in connection with the cyclist’s death as of Saturday morning. An investigation is ongoing.
The victim is the 28th cyclist killed in New York City in 2019, according to the non-profit advocacy group Transportation Alternatives.