NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A livery cab driver was arrested following a crash that claimed the life of a bike rider in East Harlem early Monday morning.
The 25-year-old cyclist and the driver were both traveling south on Park Avenue when police said the livery cab cut off the rider to make a left turn onto East 108th Street, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
The cab struck the cyclist, dragging the rider about 50 feet before finally stopping, D’Auria reported.
The bicyclist, identified as Jerrison Garcia, was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The driver of the livery cab, 65-year-old Nojeem Odunfa, stayed at the scene and was arrested on several charges including driving without a license and failure to exercise due care, D’Auria reported.
“It’s sad,” said a man who makes deliveries on his bicycle. “I wear everything — a helmet, a vest. I gotta be more careful, that’s why I ride on the sidewalk most of the time, I’m scared to ride in the street.”
The incident occurred just feet from a street memorial marking the spot where another bicyclist was struck and killed about a year ago.
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