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Cyclist Critically Hurt in East New York; Details Surface on Flatbush Fatality

5:51 PM EDT on April 14, 2010

Picture_1.pngThe intersection of Linden Boulevard and Schenck Avenue, where a driver hit and critically injured a cyclist. Image: Google Street View.

We have another incidence of traffic violence to report today. A cyclist was struck just after midnight in East New York and is in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital.

The driver of a Toyota Camry hit the unidentified cyclist on Linden Boulevard and Schenck Avenue. The 21-year-old driver stayed at the scene, according to the Daily News. The NYPD told Streetsblog that police have determined that no criminality was involved but could provide no further information about the crash.

New details have emerged about the death of a cyclist in Ditmas Park this morning. According to accounts in the Post, the cyclist was headed southbound on Flatbush when he crossed into a northbound lane. At that point, an oncoming white minivan -- speeding according to the Post's witnesses -- hit and killed him. The van driver was unlicensed. Police arrested the driver, but the NYPD couldn't tell us on what charges.

The witnesses cited by the Post don't specify why the cyclist changed lanes, but reports on NY1 and City Room say he was struck while traveling east on Beverley Road, which would seem to indicate that he was in the process of turning left.

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