Victim ID’d, photos released of car used in ‘intentional’ hit-and-run

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WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — Authorities have identified the bicyclist killed in what police believe was an intentional hit-and-run in Williamsburg, and released photos Sunday of the car involved in the fatal encounter.

Matthew Van Ohlen, 35, of Queens, was riding his bike about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in front of 690 Grand St. when he was hit.

A law enforcement source told PIX11 News it appears the driver of a black Chevy Camaro intentionally crashed into Van Ohlen.

Investigators believe the driver pulled alongside Van Ohlen, slowed down and moved the car partially into the bike lane, where the victim was riding, the source said.

The driver then hit Van Ohlen’s rear tire and as the victim fell off his bike, the driver slammed into him again, running over him and dragging him about 20 to 30 feet.

The driver then sped off, heading east on Grand Street.

A witness called 911 and when offers arrived, they found Van Ohlen lying in the street with “severe trauma” to his body, police said. Van Ohlen was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police described the Camaro as being model year 2014-15 with tinted windows and golden New York State license plates.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call NYPD’s anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA.

PIX11 News’ Myles Miller contributed to this report.