Cyclist killed on Third Ave after crashing into cab door and hurtling into traffic

A driver fatally crashed into a cyclist on Jan. 1, after the bicycle rider collided with the open door of a taxi cab and hurtled into traffic on Third Avenue in Greenwood Heights.

Hugo Alexander Sinto Garcia, 26, was reportedly riding a pedal-assist-electric two-wheeler — which the city recently legalized on local streets — towards Gowanus at 5:59 am, when he smashed into the cab’s open door near 28th Street, just one block from his 29th Street home, according to authorities.

Garcia then fell from his bicycle into a traffic lane, where the 53-year-old motorist behind the wheel of a 2013 Nissan ran over him.

Paramedics found Garcia unconscious on the road with trauma to his head and body, and rushed him to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, where doctors pronounced him dead, police said.

The drivers of the cab and the Nissan remained at the scene, but cops did not immediately cuff them, according to authorities, who said their investigation of the crash is ongoing.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.