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See a hit-and-run driver sideswipe cyclist in Clinton Hill • Brooklyn Paper

See a hit-and-run driver sideswipe cyclist in Clinton Hill

Tight: A Clinton Hill cyclist with a camera caught the moment a driver knocked him off his bike before fleeing the scene on Vanderbilt Avenue on May 6.
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A biker sustained injuries to his arm and leg after a driver struck him and fled the scene on Vanderbilt Avenue on May 6, according to authorities.

The driver drove up behind the victim on the two-way street and knocked him off his bike while trying to pass him, before taking off toward Willoughby Avenue just before 5:30 p.m., police said.

A video of the events surfaced on YouTube — seemingly by the victim — showing a first-person perspective of the incident.

The video’s description states the car was a silver Nissan Altima with an out-of-state license plate, which the a Twitter account with a similar user name ran through the violations bot How’s My Driving New York, revealing that the car has racked up some 35 tickets in 2018 and 2019 — all in Brooklyn — including five for speeding in a school zone and three for blowing a red light.

There are no arrests at this time and the investigation by the 88th Precinct is closed, a spokesman for the Police Department told this paper.

The spokesman could not clarify by press time why investigators closed the case without arrests.

Ten cyclists have already died at the hands of drivers in the city since the beginning of this year, with eight of the fatal collisions in Brooklyn and three of those in just the last four days.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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