Cyclist killed on Third Ave after crashing into cab door and hurtling into traffic

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A driver fatally crashed into a cyclist on Jan. 1, after the bicycle rider collided with the open door of a taxi cab and hurtled into traffic on Third Avenue in Greenwood Heights.

Hugo Alexander Sinto Garcia, 26, was reportedly riding a pedal-assist-electric two-wheeler — which the city recently legalized on local streets — towards Gowanus at 5:59 am, when he smashed into the cab’s open door near 28th Street, just one block from his 29th Street home, according to authorities.

Garcia then fell from his bicycle into a traffic lane, where the 53-year-old motorist behind the wheel of a 2013 Nissan ran over him.

Paramedics found Garcia unconscious on the road with trauma to his head and body, and rushed him to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, where doctors pronounced him dead, police said.

The drivers of the cab and the Nissan remained at the scene, but cops did not immediately cuff them, according to authorities, who said their investigation of the crash is ongoing.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 7:12 pm, January 9, 2019
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Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
“Crashing into cab door ”? I think you mean “doored by idiot not paying attention”. Whoever opened the door is at fault and has now caused someone’s death. Negligent homicide.
Jan. 2, 2019, 5:01 pm
Quinita Jones says:
I hope his family will pay for the door that he crashed into! No just scurry back to Guatemala like a bunch of cheap cowards!!
Jan. 2, 2019, 5:53 pm
No bigots wanted from Brooklyn says:
Quinita Jones, why don't you go scurry back into your toilet.
Jan. 2, 2019, 6:04 pm
Chad from Ft Greene says:
The taxi driver is the one that should be charged with murder. There is no way for a taxi passenger to see what’s behind them, and they are in a cab because they choose not to take the responsibility to drive. The taxi driver should have kept the door locked until it was safe to release the passenger.
Jan. 2, 2019, 9 pm
Chad from Ft Greene says:
Why isn’t there a law that the child lock needs to engaged on the rear drivers side door in every cab in NYC?
Jan. 2, 2019, 9:04 pm
JJ from Nunnaya says:
Where in the article does it say anything about a passenger opening the door? It may have been the taxi driver’s door.
Jan. 3, 2019, 9:07 am
No ones fault but his own from NYC says:
If your dumb enough to think it's okay to ride bikes with automobiles and trucks, then it's no fault but your own when something goes wrong. Can't hold others responsible for your own stupidity. And even if there was someone to blame, let it be NYC itself for allowing and promoting bikes to ride in the street in an effort to ease their failed transportation system, it's irresponsible and reckless, and it started with mayor Bloomberg - may the deaths of all those fallen rest upon his shoulders.
Jan. 3, 2019, 10:36 am
Chad from Ft Greene says:
Victim blaming much, no one’s? You probably blame women for being raped if they aren’t wearing modest clothing.
Jan. 3, 2019, 12:11 pm
Janet from Park Slope says:
Not looking before you open the door is idiotic because a car could also be cutting it close. That said, I'm skeptical about motor vehicles--including "pedal assist" bikes--being piloted in traffic by someone without a license. I'm well aware that this legalization was championed by those concerned that many food deliverers can't be licensed to drive a car, or can't afford one, but that's not a good reason.
Jan. 3, 2019, 12:24 pm
Dave from The Block says:
Riding a bike in NYC is stupid. But hey, its great to see there is no crime anymore in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
Jan. 9, 2019, 11:13 am

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