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Drunk driver killed teen cyclist, police say

Closed off: Police say a drunk driver struck and killed a teen who was riding his bike along Gerritsen Avenue.
Photo by Jon Farina

An allegedly drunk driver struck and killed 17-year-old Gerritsen Beacher Sean Ryan while he was riding his bicycle on Gerritsen Avenue on Sunday night, police said.

The 24-year-old driver was going toward the Belt Parkway when he crossed over into the painted median and hit the teen — who was also riding in the median — head-on near Gotham Avenue at 8:47 pm, according to authorities.

Emergency responders pronounced Ryan dead at the scene and arrested the driver for vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated, police said.

Under investigation: A drunk driver hit and killed a 17-year-old man on a bike, police say.
Photo by Jon Farina

Officials are still investigating the crash, according to authorities.

Neighbors will hold a vigil at 7 pm tonight, walking from Victoria Pizza (2716 Gerritsen Ave. between Everett and Florence avenues) to The Point (at the end of Gerritsen Avenue).

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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