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Cyclist Rear-Ended by Hit-and-Run Driver in Bushwick Bike Lane: Witnesses

By  Ben Fractenberg and Aidan Gardiner | June 30, 2017 8:06am | Updated on June 30, 2017 2:28pm

 Hours after the hit-and-run, a bike with a warped rear tire lay at the side of the road.
Hours after the hit-and-run, a bike with a warped rear tire lay at the side of the road.
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BROOKLYN — A cyclist riding in a Bushwick bike lane was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver in Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

The 32-year-old man, whose name wasn't immediately released, was riding in the bike lane south on Central Avenue when a car hit him from behind near Linden Street about 3:31 a.m., according to witnesses and police.

"He was bleeding from the back of his head," said Gabino Quinones, 75, who lives nearby.

"He can't move. He was breathing heavily," Quinones said.

The cyclist suffered severe injuries and was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he's listed in critical condition, sources said.

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Witnesses said the car was driving the same direction as the cyclist. Police couldn't confirm their account.

The driver, who's male but was not publicly identified, stuck around for EMS, but drove off right after, officials said.

"The vehicle, after having collided with the individual, did remain at the scene because we have EMS and some other statements that indicate he remained at the scene, but he left prior to the arrival of the police department," said Thomas Chan, the NYPD's Chief of Transportation.

Hours after the incident, a bike with a warped rear tire still lay at the side of the road.

Police said their investigation continues.

There were no immediate arrests, police said.