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The NYPD lost key evidence and botched the investigation of a fatal hit and run of a Williamsburg artist two months ago because officers had “more serious crimes” to deal with, the late cyclist’s family charged on Monday.

A lawyer for the family of cyclist Mathieu Lefevre this week blasted police investigators for not collecting evidence, including Lefevre’s blood and bike paint, from the front bumper of the truck and his bike helmet after he was run down on Morgan Avenue by a truck turning onto Meserole Street.

And the lawyer, Steve Vaccaro, added that a police detective told him that they did not take a blood sample because crime technicians were busy with “more serious crimes” elsewhere.

The accident, one of several over the last few months in Williamsburg, unleashed a wave of protests by cyclists and their advocacy groups at police headquarters in Manhattan — evidence, Vaccaro said, that the death of Lefevre was indeed serious.

“If thousands of members of the public have expressed an interest in the police’s investigation, that should be a reason for the police to conduct the most careful, thorough, and impartial investigation it can,” said Vaccaro.

Police initially ruled the crash an accident after driver Leonardo Degianni told police investigators that he did not realize that he hit anyone. But a police report — released only after the Lefevre family rallied at One Police Plaza — showed that the truck rammed into Lefevre from behind, ran him over in the intersection, and then kept going before parking his car two blocks away from the accident.

A police spokesman offered no updates regarding the investigation, adding that the NYPD maintains that no crime was committed.

That doesn’t surprise Vaccaro, who claims that officers have been consistently dismissive of the case.

“Cyclists do crazy things,” one cop told Vaccaro, the lawyer claimed.

Updated 2:04 pm, January 5, 2012
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Reasonable discourse

Ian Brett Cooper says:
Cyclists do crazy things - yeah, like expecting the police to treat cyclist deaths on the road as equivalent to the deaths of human beings.

If NYPD treat cyclist deaths like this, just imagine how incompetent they must be when they investigate the suspicious deaths of hobos, drunks, women, blacks or any other minority.
Dec. 21, 2011, 7:46 am
T from WT says:
Shame on the NYPD.
Dec. 21, 2011, 8:39 am
manhatposeur from Portlyn Lakes Park says:
I think the public should go after the truck dirver. He has the cops covering for him and if the reports initially say that he hit the cyclist from the rear, there's no way way he could not have seen the biker.
They should take away his license if not put him him jail.
Dec. 21, 2011, 9:02 am
Stu from PPW says:
The cops were investigating more serious crimes...like cyclists going 26 mph in Propsect Park.

If you want to murder someone and get away with it, don't use a gun. Use a car. Then, if the police bother to ask you what happened, just say, "I didn't see him!". You'll be home before dinner.
Dec. 21, 2011, 9:20 am
Gret from Slope says:
Cops do crazy things like run red lights, speed without sirens or lights, post racist rants to Facebook, and rape drunk women. But you know what? If one of them was run over by a truck I believe that officer's family would have the right to a thorough investigation. No one should have their beloved son treated like garbage or lumped in to all the bad apples in one group or another. Cyclists do crazy things? So what? Was this cyclist doing something crazy or was he simply run over from behind like a dog? That's something the NYPD could find out if it cared about the people it is sworn to protect.

We're talking about a real human being who died and who is lost and who deserves more than the brush off he received from the NYPD.
Dec. 21, 2011, 9:38 am
ch from bh says:
it's time for all these Long Island cops to be phased out. It's time to re-instate NYC-resident rules for the NYPD.
Dec. 21, 2011, 9:43 am
Jason from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Why do you guys keep cropping the thumbnail for this story around the redhead with blue glasses in the background? Almost as bad as the tacky "mean streets" icon.
Dec. 21, 2011, 10:15 am
Ben from Greenpoint says:
shame on the cyclist!!!.......
Dec. 21, 2011, 11 am
Jim from Clinton Hill says:
my heart gos out for the entire Lefevre family,at the other hand don't spent tax payers money for crazy cyclist.. I'll say it again must of the cyclist are crazy having an attitude problem!!! check it out your self...
Dec. 21, 2011, 11:09 am
pete from park slope says:

Is this the 88th ?
Dec. 21, 2011, 12:22 pm
Gym from Clinton Hill says:
don't spend tax payers money for crazy drivers. I'll say it again must of the drivers are crazy having an attitude problem!! check it out your self...
Dec. 21, 2011, 12:52 pm
Chris from Bushwick says:
Jim, you're a terrible person. Someone died here, and there is clear evidence that he wasn't at fault, and you go spouting that cyclists are "crazy" and have an "attitude problem."

The only crazy person with an attitude problem is you for thinking your comment was appropriate in an Internet forum.
Dec. 21, 2011, 2:53 pm
YOU annoy me from here says:
WTF is up with the thumbnail? Grow up, jesus.
Dec. 21, 2011, 11:47 pm
S from PPW says:
It's about marginalizing cyclists as "hipsters" and different from other people. Instead of showing grieving parents, the image chosen to illustrate the story on the main page plays into the stereotype: cyclists aren't human beings and are definitely not "real" New Yorkers.

I wish the Brooklyn Paper would mature and be more responsible.
Dec. 22, 2011, 8:12 am
LOLcat from Park Slope says:
I hate to advocate justice through litigation but this is America:

SUE
SUE
SUE
SUE
SUE
SUE

Don't make your request money though. Sue for firing every detective and the commander of the precinct since they clearly have no interest in doing their motherf'ing job. They should also lose their pensions. This is absolutely disgraceful.
Dec. 22, 2011, 5:39 pm
Brook from Lyn says:
what is the problem here? yes, it is a tragedy. but does everything reealllyyy think the driver intentionally killed the cyclist. it was an f*in accident.
Dec. 23, 2011, 1:36 pm
manhatposeur from Portlyn Lakes Park says:
To Brook from Lyn
Sure the driver had no intention of killing but he hit the cyclist from the rear and continued to drive off without disregard for life.
The truck driver must have had some cop connections to avoid manslaughter.
Dec. 27, 2011, 9:57 am
Brook from Lyn says:
manhatposeur from Portlyn Lakes Park

do you think someone deserves jail time over an accident? no. has anyone ever got jail time over an accident like this? probably not. think about if it were you, or a family member.
Dec. 28, 2011, 11:04 am
manhatposeur from Port Lyn Lakes says:
Brook from Lyn
Yes. People have gone to jail for hit and run, and the truck dirver deserves that. No one is asking for the death penalty but he must he held accountable for his actions.
Dec. 28, 2011, 3:37 pm

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