Updated 04/14/2010 10:15 PM
Brooklyn Man Charged With Killing Cyclist With Van
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A Brooklyn man was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide after he hit and killed a biker with his van on Flatbush Avenue.
Michael Oxley, 28, also faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, driving through a red light and speeding.
The 20-year-old cyclist was traveling east on Beverly Road when he was struck on Flatbush Avenue around 9:30 a.m.
The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.
"He tried to get out of the way. But when he tried to turn the bike to avoid the van, the wheel just wobbled, and the van just hit him, his whole body,” said a witness. “I saw his whole body went under the van, and he just dragged him all the way down here."
"I think that there should be bikes lanes where people should ride their bike because in the street is very unsafe, and I think they should really make a change about that,” said another. “There is gonna be a lot of tragedies going on with people getting hit, and people running into cars and all that."
At least two other bicyclists were injured by vehicles on city roads Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, a male cyclist was riding his bike on Linden Boulevard when he was hit by a Toyota Camry.
He was taken to Brookdale Hospital in critical condition.
Both drivers remained on the scene.
A third cyclist was struck on 24th Street and Lexington Avenue Wednesday morning and was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.