Police have made an arrest in the fatal hit-and-run of a cyclist in Queens on Wednesday night. Alex Batista, 25, was arrested after police found him drunk and lying in the street next to a black Infinity that he apparently crashed into a building on Laurel Hill Boulevard later that evening.
Roger Hernandez, a 37-year-old Sunnyside resident, had been traveling eastbound on his bike on Greenpoint Avenue around 9:50 p.m. when he was hit by a dark colored automobile also traveling eastbound. Witnesses say that the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed.
Police had arrested Batista for the Laurel Hill Boulevard incident at 11 p.m. and later realized that he hit Hernandez. Batista, a Long Island City resident, was charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, leaving an accident resulting in death, DWI and unlawful possession of marijuana.