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Police: Open cab door leads to Brooklyn bicyclist’s death

January 1, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a bicyclist died after he struck an open taxi door and was tossed into oncoming traffic.

Police say Hugo Alexander Sinto Garcia was unconscious in the roadway with head and body injuries after a car hit him shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday in the Greenwood Heights section of Brooklyn.

He was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn.

Police say the 26-year-old Brooklyn man was on an electric bike when he collided with the open door of a parked 2009 taxi. They say he was thrown into oncoming traffic and was struck by a car driven by a 53-year-old man. Police say the operators of both vehicles remained on the scene.

The investigation continues.

A safe-biking advocacy group says the death illustrates the need for more bike lanes.

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