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Cyclist Mireya Gomez Killed by Driver in Queens, No Charges Filed

2:15 PM EDT on May 14, 2012

Image: Google Maps via Gothamist

A cyclist killed Friday evening near Citi Field in Queens has been identified by NYPD as Mireya Gomez, 50.

According to reports in Gothamist and the Post, Gomez was westbound on Roosevelt Avenue at approximately 5:45 p.m. when she was struck just west of 126th Street by the driver of a Nissan Altima traveling in the same direction. Police initially identified the victim as a male in his 40s.

The driver, identified as a 50-year-old man, remained at the scene. It is unclear how he failed to see Gomez as he approached from behind at eye level in broad daylight. Nevertheless, "no criminality is suspected," an NYPD spokesperson told Streetsblog.

There is a discussion over at Gothamist concerning dangerous conditions on Roosevelt Avenue. Another cyclist was killed at Roosevelt and 126th in 2000, and three were injured between 2007 and 2009, according to Transportation Alternatives' CrashStat. Data show that six pedestrians were also hurt in crashes at the same intersection between 1995 and 2008.

This fatal crash occurred in the 110th Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Deputy Inspector Ronald D. Leyson, the commanding officer, head to the next precinct community council meeting. The 110th Precinct council meetings happen at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the New York Bethzatha Church of God at 85-20 57th Avenue in Elmhurst. Call the precinct at 718-476-9310 for information.

Gomez is one of at least two people killed in traffic in the city since Friday, with both crashes occurring in Queens. Early Sunday morning, a pedestrian was struck at Greenpoint Avenue and 46th Street in Sunnyside, in the 108th Precinct. Driver Sayesh Avedis was charged with manslaughter, homicide and DWI, according to DNAinfo. NYPD could not yet release the name of the victim.

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