NYC cyclist dies survives stabbing; killed by tow truck

2022-06-26 14:42:45 By : Ms. Tongyinhai Manufacturer

A 53-year-old Harlem bicyclist survived being stabbed by a neighbor last year, only to die under the wheels of a truck being towed down a Bronx street, his heartbroken family said Friday.

Carlos Martinez was pedaling down Bruckner Blvd. near E. 136th St. in Mott Haven just before 1 p.m. Thursday when he apparently fell off his bike — just as a tow truck carrying a disabled big rig rolled by, police said. He died at Lincoln Hospital a short time later.

His grief-stricken family said the Hunts Point warehouse worker, who bikes back and forth to work from Harlem each day, was stabbed during a fight with a neighbor at his E. 115th St. apartment building on Dec. 3. The NYPD confirmed that the neighbor, Frank Chiclana, was arrested for assault and criminal possession of a weapon and issued an order of protection. The case is still pending.

“He survived a lot. That man was strong,” Martinez’s wife Sandra Suro told the Daily News as she broke down in tears. “He survived and for this to happen...I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d be planning a funeral for my husband.

“We were supposed to grow old together. It’s not fair. He wasn’t sick, he was a healthy man.”

Surveillance video of the crash posted by Streetsblog shows Martinez falling to his left as he rolled over a large steel plate on the street, which is under construction.

Martinez fell under the front wheels of a black truck being towed, the video shows. The bike also ended up under the truck and was left a twisted wreck.

Both the truck and the bicyclist were heading in the same direction, cops said.

Large swaths of the street were cordoned off by construction cones and barriers. Witnesses told Streetsblog that Con Edison has been doing construction on Bruckner Blvd. for some time. An email to Con Edison was not immediately returned.

Suro, 55, said that her husband was an experienced cyclist and the construction work on Bruckner Blvd. must have played a role in his death.

Sandra Suro and Carlos Martinez

“That must be why,” she said, tearing up again. “I knew it had to be something.”

First responders found Martinez sprawled out on the street, suffering from severe injuries to his head and body, cops said. EMS rushed him to Lincoln Hospital, but he couldn’t be saved.

The tow truck left, but responding officers ultimately found the 62-year-old driver, who was brought back to the scene and questioned. No arrests were immediately filed as police continue their investigation.

Ivelisse Martinez, Carlos’ daughter, said her dad was looking forward to attending her graduation in two weeks from Hunter College with a degree in psychology.

“He got his suit and everything and was really excited,” Ivelisse, 23, said, unable to fathom that her father died in a bicycle crash.

“He rode every day for years. (The police) said it wasn’t his fault either,” she said. “He was a really hardworking dad. He always did everything to help us out.”

The Puerto Rico native who had been living in Manhattan since 2010 was on his way to work when he was killed, his relatives said.

“He never made it,” Suro said. “I can’t believe it. It’s so surreal. I feel like I’m not even here.”

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