Friday, December 16, 2011

17-Year-Old Cyclist Hit and Killed by Truck in Harlem

17-Year-Old Cyclist Hit and Killed by Truck in Harlem

December 16, 2011 4:06pm | By Ben Fractenberg, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

A 17 year old bicyclist was killed after he collided with a truck in Harlem and thrown to the pavement on December 16, 2011. (DNAinfo/Ben Fractenberg)

MANHATTAN — A 17-year-old riding his bicycle was struck and killed by a truck in Harlem Friday, authorities said.

The boy, who was not named by authorities, was riding westbound on 125th Street near Fifth Avenue around 12:30 p.m. when he was hit by a truck, police said.

"I heard a crack," witness Juan Rosa said. It sounded like "air coming out of him."

Rosa, 36, of Harlem, said he turned around and saw the teenager face down on the pavement, his fixed gear bicycle nearby. "Three or four minutes later, blood started to hemorrhage out of him."

The victim was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The driver stopped and remained at the scene. Police said there was no criminality and he was not charged.

A boy bicyclist was killed when he collided with a truck in Harlem. (DNAinfo/Ben Fractenberg)

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