Angel Torres was hit by a driver who committed multiple successive crashes before fleeing his vehicle on foot. According to Gothamist.
After fatally hitting Torres at the intersection of
Broadway and Halsey, the driver
continued down a one way street, collided with an SUV nearby and abandoned the
vehicle. More on this crash is posted by Brooklyn News12.
The driver was later identified and charged.
Neighbors Mourn 'Good Father' Cyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run: Neighbors Remember Hit-And-Run Victim Angel Torres
GLENDALE - In a tiny section of Queens, near the corner of Myrtle Avenue
and 88th Street, everybody knows your name and business owners leave
their shops unattended, knowing a neighbor always has a watchful eye on
As police on Thursday continued their search for the driver who ran down a cyclist in Bed-Stuy, friends and neighbors of the man gathered near his Glendale home to tell stories and remember the man they loved.
"If you were his friend, you were his friend," said Angel Jorge, a
69-year-old retiree who lived a few doors down from Torres. "He'd do
anything for you. He'd take the shirt off his back."
Friends described Torres as a man who did whatever he could for his two young children, ages 4 and 8.
They remember him marching with his older son in the local Little
League parade. They remember him routinely coming home from work after
hours of loading trucks at a warehouse, just in time to take his
children to school.
Eric Pitrzak, 36, sends his daughter to the same school, P.S. 113, and remembers Torres attending every school event.
"He'd always go to things at the school, like the dance festival, the
music show. He was always there," Pitrzak said. "Very good person,
They also remember Torres as an avid cyclist, the pastime that ultimately led to his death on Wednesday when a red 2014 BMW
driving south on Broadway in Brooklyn near Halsey Street slammed into
him around 8 a.m. He was dragged across the street before the BMW hit a
parked car and drove off, police and witnesses said.
The driver then made a right on Thomas Boyland Street - driving the
wrong way on a one-way street - and crashed into a 2000 Toyota 4Runner
that was pulling out of a driveway near Chauncey Street, before exiting
the car and fleeing the scene, police said.
Torres was rushed to Woodhull Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Police have not yet identified the driver of the BMW.
Some neighbors on Thursday were just hearing of Torres' death for the first time as friends relayed the news.
Frances Berg, a 65-year-old retiree, broke down into tears remembering a man she said helped her family in so many ways.
Berg, who suffered a stroke and an aneurysm, would often call on
Torres to help around the house, which he would always do, no questions
asked, she said.
He also helped with her son, who is autistic, she said.
"He treated him like everybody else," Berg said. "He was as proud of my son as we were."
Neighbors remember Torres' good nature as well. He loved to joke, and
could take a good joke at his own expense. He once earned the nickname
"lechero" for his years working as a milkman, a name he took in stride.
"He was funny. He was kind," said Berg. "What can you say? He was a man. You could respect him."