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Cyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run with Mercedes Van, Police Say

 The cyclist's death came after several similar traffic incidents over the weekend.
The cyclist's death came after several similar traffic incidents over the weekend.
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QUEENS — A bicyclist was killed in a horrific hit-and-run accident in Ozone Park Sunday night, police said.

The 40-year-old cyclist, whose name was not released, was traveling west on Rockaway Boulevard when a black Mercedes van side-swiped him from behind and ran him over near 90th Street about 9:30 p.m., according to the NYPD.

The van's driver halted and got out of his vehicle only to get back in and drive away, police said. He was still at large Monday morning.

The cyclist was taken to Jamaica Hospital and pronounced dead, the NYPD said.

The Sunday night comes on the heels of several serious traffic incidents over the weekend.

Felipe Castro, 27, died after a hit-and-run in Brooklyn on Saturday about 7:34 a.m., police said. He had been standing near 7th Street and Third Avenue in Gowanus when a Nissan Altima slammed into him, police said. He was taken to New York Methodist Hospital and pronounced dead.

Then Sunday about 12:30 p.m., a 39-year-old motorcyclist died after colliding with a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Purdy and Bradley avenues, the NYPD said. He was pronounced dead at Richmond University Hospital and the driver remained on scene, police said.

And about 3 p.m., a 37-year-old bicyclist was critically injured when he collided with a Honda Accord at 64th Street and 11th Avenue, a police spokeswoman said. He was taken to Lutheran Hospital and the driver was not charged, she added.