Suspect arrested in Williamsburg hit-and-run that killed cyclist


Police arrested a Brooklyn man on Tuesday more than four months after he allegedly hit a cyclist in a Williamsburg bike lane and fled, leaving the biker to die.

The hit-and-run sparked backlash from transportation advocates who criticized the NYPD for issuing summonses to cyclists in the bike lane after the incident, rather than make a quick arrest.

Juan Maldonado, 56, was indicted on a charge of manslaughter, and arrested at his Williamsburg home at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, just under a mile from where he allegedly ran over 35-year-old Matthew Von Ohlen on Grand Street, near Manhattan Avenue.

Maldonado was accused of mowing down Von Ohlen as he peddled inside the bike lane just after 2:30 a.m. on July 2, police said. He was apparently driving a black Chevy Camaro sedan with tinted windows.

Von Ohlen was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

A combination of tips and other evidence connecting him to the Camaro led to Maldonado’s arrest, a police source said.

Maldonado was awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn Supreme Court Tuesday.

Following the incident, advocates at Transportation Alternatives said police went to the corner where Von Ohlen was killed to issue summonses to cyclists, questioning the department’s priorities.

Just days later, the city released data from its second Bicycle Safe Passage initiative, a weeklong ticketing blitz that took place at the end of June.

During that time, police throughout the city issued a total of 1,757 tickets to drivers for blocking bike lanes and 810 summons for motorists who failed to yield to bicyclists and pedestrians.

 

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