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Driver flees on foot after hitting 59-year-old cyclist with car by Ravenswood Houses

12th Street and 36th Avenue

Aug. 18, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

A 59-year-old cyclist was left in critical condition after being struck by a car whose driver fled the scene on foot Thursday night, according to police.

At 10:54 p.m. on Aug. 17, a white Mercedes-Benz was traveling west on 36th Avenue and approaching 12th Street by the Ravenswood Houses at around the same time a 59-year-old male cyclist was riding on 12th Street and turning onto 36th Avenue. The cyclist and the car collided at the intersection, where the cyclist was left critically injured at the scene.

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz fled the intersection and continued to drive until they reached 37th Avenue and 11th Street, where they fled the vehicle on foot.

The cyclist was taken to Astoria General Hospital, and was the only person injured at the scene.

Police are working on identifying suspects.

 

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Anonymous

59?crazy old people should stick to driving ,forget bike riding. Or those motorized chairs, or their hurricane.

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Killer Cars

As usual the murderous scofflaw motorists are at fault. Let’s see how many show up in the comment section to tell us how “dangerous” adding bike lanes would be.

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debbie

My whole point was to say that people are not paying attention to the roads and that drivers should be more careful. I hope the cyclists recovers quickly in the above happening. I am sorry for not saying that in the first place. I am concerned about traffic safety as much as everybody else in Astoria.

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debbie

i was attending a religious festival in Astoria the last weekend of July and a driver drove through a police barricade on an Ave. and tried to back up and flee. Thankful no one was hurt and the cops managed to capture him because they were a block away and there was too much traffic for him to flee safely. He ended up hitting other cars and almost hit festive goers. This never got picked up by the media because the police cleared the scene within minutes of his capture and because I guess no one was hurt. Those that saw him being arrested said he appeared high or intoxicated.

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mmge

And it is also important to note that the incident that you mentioned above did look like an accident. When people started screaming at him because he drove about two cars in after the crosswalk smashing the barricade into pieces at a high speed (there were young kids playing and skateboarding behind the barricade on the street) the driver panicked and tried to flee the scene until someone screamed for the police which were a block away where the main festivities were. He managed to back out to the crosswalk but could not go any further because of traffic. I have no idea if he was impaired but obviously he was not paying attention. I was under the assumption that the police cleared the area quickly not to cause a commotion with all the stuff that has been happening lately. There were some vendors that were crying because they were the close to this scene and children were near by.

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