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East Village Bar Owner In Critical Condition After Canal Street Bike Accident

By Amy Zimmer | June 29, 2011 10:57am

By Amy Zimmer

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — The owner of a popular East Village bar remains in critical condition after being struck by a silver Jaguar Monday afternoon while biking on Canal Street.

Ray Deter, 53, owner of d.b.a., a bar at 41 First Ave. that has another outpost in Williamsburg, was taken to Bellevue Hospital after being hit while turning on Canal from West Broadway around 5:30 p.m., FDNY officials said.

"We are reaching out to every one of our patrons and friends to please send your prayers and loving energy to Ray Deter at this time," d.b.a. staffers wrote on the bar's Facebook site.

The Jaguar, with is cracked front windshield and shattered sunroof, had remained at the scene late Monday afternoon. The driver, Anthony Guan, 24, of Chinatown, had a small stash of marijuana in his car, the Daily News reported. He was reportedly given a summons for the pot but not charged in connection with the accident.

The bar's staff requested people not to visit the hospital. "

It's too overwhelming for the family, and they request you keep sending love," they wrote. "Likewise please don't call the bars right now, it's too huge to comprehend, everyone is going through a lot. Your thoughts & love are most appreciated."

A 21-year-old student from Washington Heights, who only gave his name as Moe, told DNAinfo he saw the bloodied man lying in the street after the accident.

"We saw him lying on the ground like a rag doll," he said.