Hit-and-run driver kills cyclist on Williamsburg street, cops say

Deadly intersection: The fatal, Feb. 28 collision occured near this intersection of Broadway and Rodney Street.
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Police are hunting for the hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a cyclist in Williamsburg on Thursday, without stopping, while behind the wheel of what cops described as a tanker.

Aurilia Lawrence, 25, was pedaling along Broadway near Rodney Street when the motorist inside the gray big rig ran over her on Broadway and continued driving along the road, according to authorities.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and found Lawrence lying unconscious on the street with wounds to her body, pronouncing her dead on the spot, cops said.

Officials have yet to identify the driver and their investigation remains ongoing, according to police.

Following the incident, this newspaper on Friday spotted bouquets of flowers left near the scene of the deadly collision while visiting the site.

The fatal hit-and-run comes amid cyclists demands that the city complete bike lanes in Williamsburg, along Grand Street between Rodney Street and Morgan Avenue, that officials’ promised to install ahead of the now-cancelled full L-train shutdown.

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Updated 5:48 pm, March 4, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Life in prison for the driver. No ifs, ands, or buts.
March 1, 2019, 3:59 pm
Vision Zero from Florida NY says:
Or we could not form a lynch mob and let the police do their jobs. Trucks have huge blind spots and bikes need to keep their distance.
March 1, 2019, 5:12 pm
Government's fault from NYC says:
It's the government's fault for allowing and promoting bikes in the street. It is irresponsible and not an acceptable loss. Just because someone wants to jump off a bridge, doesn't mean we have to let them - especially not encourage them. For every one of these senseless deaths, Bloomberg's to blame. A 25 year old girl, what a shame. Condolences to the loved ones.
March 2, 2019, 11:41 am
Real Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Life in prison for the driver. No ifs, ands, or buts.
March 2, 2019, 1:23 pm
Government's fault from NYC says:
With respect to our torch yielding friend, it's very possible that the truck didn't see her or know she was hit. The paper fails to identify if it was a straight truck or tractor trailer as a "tanker" can be either. A tractor trailer has an even greater blind spot than a straight truck and because it's two separate parts, if the trailer part hit someone, the driver wouldn't even feel it. case & point - bikes in our streets are unsafe for all cyclists & motorists alike.
March 3, 2019, 12:26 pm
Government's fault from NYC says:
Bikes should only be allowed in developed paths between the sidewalk and parked cars, or not at all, and in any case should have to be walked, not rode, across intersections. Bikes are like pedestrians with wheels and should be treated like such, have their own protected off street paths and follow the same rules as pedestrians. Our roadways should be for non-human powered vehicles that can comply with government mandated occupant protection, and bikes provide no protection let alone anything even resembling occupant protection.
March 3, 2019, 12:34 pm
Government's fault from NYC says:
If we mandate electric cars as is being done in other more advanced and civil cities than NYC, not only will we be eliminating all that unnecessary extra pollution that's making us and our animal friends sick, but all those explosive gas tankers and ground polluting - gas fume emitting gas stations, will all be gone! Tell uncle same we want on-street prioritzed ev charging stations at every corner that will expand down out blocks as ev's replace gas vehicles. (and no hybrid "feel-good" "cop-outs"). EV's are the future - let's get there sooner rather then later. Catch up NYC and go EV!
March 3, 2019, 12:53 pm
Gary from Fort Greene says:
Will your EV run on lightning? Or will it get power from the electric grid, which generates power mostly from fossil fuels? Oh well, you can maybe put some solar cells on the roof of your EV, add a wind turbine as a hood ornament, and off you go, as far as the next block.
March 3, 2019, 1:20 pm
Real Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Government is a schmuck. Driver is responsible for all damage done. Life in jail, end of story.
March 3, 2019, 2:53 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
"Governments fault" is pushing electric cars - if you buy one you'll be pushing one too!
March 3, 2019, 4:24 pm
Wilbur D. Horse from BoHo says:
"Regular" cars now have back up cameras (Rear Camera Assist) that the driver can use when parking. This way, he can see the impulsive pedestrians who gleefully run off the sidewalk onto the asphalt behind him, small children in a playpen, when he's backing into a spot. Do tractor trailers and tankers have such cameras on both sides of their vehicles? Of course, I do Not want to see peds or cyclists perish, but sometimes they do act as rashly as 2d graders. And, if the driver, of such a camera-equipped truck, Does see the victim, even after the impact, he will at least stay on the scene until the cops arrive. The cops can review the video to determine whether summonses should be issued, or arrests should be made. I can believe that the operator, of a big rig, would, sadly, not feel a human body under her wheels. It's a start. No, it's not always the fault of the motorist.
March 3, 2019, 8:22 pm
Rob from Williamsburg says:
March 3, 2019, 9 pm
Real Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Wrong Rufus, you dope. EV technology has improved drastically. Much more reliable than the ones from previous decades.
March 4, 2019, 9:05 am
Vision Zero from Florida NY says:
Glad to hear that electric cars are the future. Now rip up those bike lanes to make room for them.
March 4, 2019, 11:42 am
Real Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Ban all cars in NYC now!
March 4, 2019, 11:52 am

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