A cyclist was killed just a few blocks from his Brooklyn home when a car slammed into him after he blew a red light, police said Thursday.
Kenichi Nakagawa, 22, was riding his bike south on Brooklyn Avenue near the corner of Dean Street in Crown Heights on Saturday around 5:24 p.m. when a Toyota Sienna, which was driving east on Dean Street and had the green light, hit him, police said.
The car, driven by a 66-year-old male, struck the cyclist with his front bumper and knocked Nakagawa onto the street where he sustained a head injury, cops said.
He was brought to Kings County Hospital but succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.
The driver stayed on scene and was not charged because he had the green light, authorities said.
Roy Messiah, Nakagawa’s neighbor, called the news “heartbreaking.”
“He was a pretty nice guy. He always waved when he comes and goes,” the 56-year-old said.
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