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Cyclist left for dead in Williamsburg hit-and-run

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A Fort Greene cyclist was mangled on Friday in a brutal hit-and-run in Williamsburg — and now her friends are on the hunt for the merciless driver who left her for dead.

Serena Rio, 21, was riding near S. Fourth Street and Wythe Avenue at about 2:30 pm when a car slammed into her and fled, leaving her lying on the pavement with broken ribs, a punctured lung and missing teeth. Rio miraculously survived.

“I’ve never seen anybody this demolished on a bike,” Rio’s friend, Addison Blakemore, said on Monday. “These hit-and-runs happen all the time. We just want to find anyone who saw something that day.”

Rio was unconscious for most of the weekend, but her friends say that she’s now moving and talking at Bellevue Hospital.

Sadly, Blakemore was right to say that driver and cyclist collisions happen all the time. Several cyclists were injured by cars over the weekend, one of whom is clinging to life after a collision on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan.

In Brooklyn, a handful of cyclists have been killed over the past year — two were killed on one day in April — in a series of hit-and-run collisions.

Meanwhile, cops continue to fine cyclists in a ticketing blitz to enforce bike laws — yet most of the cases of biker deaths in Brooklyn in the last year have been the driver’s fault.

If anyone has any information regarding Rio’s accident, contact Blakemore at agblakemore@gmail.com.

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Griff says:
Sick. —— like this gets picked up a lot in London because of CCTV cameras.
Feb. 8, 2011, 9:29 am
Steve from PPW says:
Meanwhile, Marty Markowitz, who is now a proven liar what with his recent fine, still thinks bikes are the problem.
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:09 am
Dave from Clinton Hill says:
I wish a swift and complete recovery to her and it's sickening to think that someone would just take off from such a scene, I really hope they find the person that did so.
Feb. 8, 2011, 10:35 am
adam from bed-stuy says:
thanks marty!
Feb. 8, 2011, 3:35 pm
Truth from Bedstuy says:
We are gonna ——ing find this guy or gal and drag him or her behind their own car until their lungs are punctured.

Word on the street it was a hasidic jew with a vendetta, and if so were gonna come after all their stupid minivans until serena pulls thru
Feb. 8, 2011, 9:25 pm
Aida from Long Island says:
The killer's privacy is well protected. He/she was probably one of many, protesting installation of cameras on our streets.
Find him and bring to justice!
Feb. 9, 2011, 9:23 am
ken from Greenpoint says:
as you all know he didn't follow rules and regulations.this biker was driving like a Munster like the rest of the bikers
just blame the biker... the answer is need respect give respect!!! ......
Feb. 9, 2011, 4:25 pm
Steve from PPW says:
The biker is a she named Serena and is a real person.

http://cycleangelo.cc/post/3135557952/local-news-hit-and-run-in-williamsburg-jessversus
Feb. 13, 2011, 10:20 am

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