Cyclist dies after tractor-trailer operator drives over him on Williamsburg street, cops say

Scene of the accident: A truck driver ran over and killed a 30-year-old biker as they were both traveling along Metropolitan Avenue towards Bushwick Avenue on Tuesday, authorities said.
Community News Group / Julianne Cuba

A tractor-trailer driver ran over and killed a cyclist near Graham Avenue in Williamsburg on Tuesday, police said.

The 30-year-old victim was pedaling along Metropolitan Avenue towards Bushwick Avenue when he lost control of his two-wheeler and toppled over around 12:20 pm, before being crushed by the wheels of the big-rig that was moving in the same direction, officials said.

Paramedics transported the unconscious and unresponsive cyclist to Woodhull Hospital with severe injuries to his head and body, and doctors later pronounced him dead, according to a report.

The 47-year-old driver remained at the scene and investigators are still probing the fatal accident, according to cops, who had not released the victim’s name by press time.

The man’s death comes less than six months after a truck driver employed by a private carting service hit and killed 27-year-old Neftaly Ramirez in nearby Greenpoint, who was pedaling home from work near Franklin and Noble streets when the unidentified motorist plowed into him without stopping, then fled the scene.

Authorities have not made any arrests because they say that investigation is also ongoing, a reason they claim they cannot release any evidence from the collision despite locals’ demands for more information about the deadly accident.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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