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Bronx Teen Thrown From Bike, Run Over

By  Jess Wisloski and Maya Shwayder | July 14, 2012 6:42pm 

THE BRONX — A teenage boy was thrown from his bicycle on Friday night, after a he was thrown into the street from his bike by a driver who fled the scene on foot, and then run over by an SUV, police said.

The victim, David Ellis, whose friends called him Troy, was 18 years old, and about to get rid of his bike, friends said in front of Ellis's Fordham home Saturday.

Police said Ellis was biking northbound on Webster Avenue near East Gun Hill Road, around 11:20 p.m., when a 2001 Nissan Maxima smashed into him from behind, throwing him from his bicycle into the oncoming lane of traffic. The driver of the Maxima fled the car, and disappeared from the scene on foot, police said.

A 46-year-old man driving a Ford Explorer struck Ellis's body in the southbound traffic lane, but remained on the scene for questioning by police. Police said no arrests had been made, and that an investigation was ongoing.

Outside Ellis's home on Marion Avenue, friends set up a makeshift memorial for the boy who they said went by his middle name, Troy. One friend, who did not wish his name to be used, said Troy had been expecting to unload the bike that very weekend.