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Cyclist Killed By Hit & Run Driver In Queens

Looking east where Wayne White was killed on North Conduit Avenue
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Looking east where Wayne White was killed on North Conduit Avenue Google Maps

A cyclist and a pedestrian were both killed on North Conduit Avenue yesterday morning, their deaths coming around three miles and five hours apart. According to an NYPD release, 50-year-old Wayne White was killed by a hit and run driver as he biked west on North Conduit Avenue at around 5 a.m.. Police told the Daily News that the car struck White from behind and then fled the scene.

An NYPD spokesman said the driver is still at large. White lives roughly a mile from where he was killed.

In a study of 628 cycling fatalities nationwide from 2011 through 2013 [PDF], the League of American Bicyclists found that 40% of the cyclists killed were rear-ended; 88% of the drivers who killed the cyclists walked free.

Three miles west on North Conduit Avenue at 130th Street, at around 10 a.m., police say a 58-year-old was killed crossing the street. According to an NYPD release, the man was walking north across North Conduit Avenue when midway across the avenue he turned around. As he was walking back south to the corner, police say he was struck by a 2005 Toyota Avalon traveling west. The vicim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition, and later succumbed to his wounds.

An NYPD spokesman couldn't say whether the man was crossing with or against the light, and added that no charges or summonses have been issued. The victim's identity is being withheld pending family identification.

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