2006_10_biasattac.jpgPolice are investigating whether a black man was hit by a car because he was trying to get away from assailants. The incident occured in Sheepshead Bay-Gerritsen Beach area. WABC 7 reports that two white men were "seen fleeing the man's body on the Belt Parkway after he was struck by a car" - and the car didn't stop. Police believe the victim and the two men got into a fight; since the man was hit at the west end of Plum Beach (which is a gay cruising spot), detectives "were trying to determine if either race or sexual orientation was the motive for the attack."

The victim is in critical but stable condition at Brookdale University Hospital.