Cyclist Killed Outside Metropolitan Museum of Art

By DNAinfo Staff on April 18, 2012 8:42pm

A person was struck and killed by a truck on Fifth Avenue near East 82nd Street on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
A person was struck and killed by a truck on Fifth Avenue near East 82nd Street on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
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By Ben Fractenberg and Mary Johnson

DNAinfo Staff

UPPER EAST SIDE — A cyclist was killed after being struck by a truck he grabbed on to while riding on Fifth Avenue outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art Wednesday evening, authorities said.

Daniel Martinez, 27, of The Bronx, was riding his bike soutbound along Fifth Avenue at East 82nd Street about 6:30 p.m. when he grabbed hold of a Ford F-550 truck, police said. At some point he fell off his bike and was hit by the truck, cops said.

He was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital and pronounced dead, police said.

The driver of the truck remained at the scene, and no criminality is suspected, police added.

Witnesses said they saw emergency responders trying to resuscitate Martinez after he was hit. 

The avenue remained closed to traffic more than an hour after the incident as police continued their investigation.

More than an hour after the accident, police remained on the scene investigating the deadly accident in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
More than an hour after the accident, police remained on the scene investigating the deadly accident in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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