Bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn

WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — Police were searching Friday for the driver of a silver tanker truck that killed a cyclist in Williamsburg late Thursday night.

According to the NYPD, the 25-year-old woman was riding a bicycle eastbound on Broadway between Marcy Avenue and Rodney Street when she was hit by the truck.

Local residents and workers told PIX11 News, it gets dark under the elevated train and even late at night there are a lot of speeding vehicles.

“It is pretty dark out here,” Williamsburg resident Tommy Capello said. “Traffic is really busy here.”

Friends of the cyclist said she was a bike messenger. One told PIX11 news, “This is the first member of my crew or anybody I knew as a messenger that died.”

PIX11 News obtained surveillance video from a nearby laundromat that captured the truck seconds before it ran over the cyclist and kept on driving.

Police said cyclist died at the scene. Flowers were placed on a light post near the accident.

According to Transportation Alternatives, this is the fifth cyclist killed in New York City since the beginning of 2019.

As of late Friday, the NYPD had not released the identity of the victim, pending family notification.

Anyone with information about this hit and run is urged to call police.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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