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Driver Sought in Fatal Queens Hit-and-Run

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Police are looking for the driver of a van that struck a bicyclist in Queens last night then fled the scene.

Investigators say the 40-year-old cyclist was riding westbound on Rockaway Boulevard shortly before 10 p.m. when he was hit by a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van.

They say the driver stopped briefly then drove off.

The cyclist suffered severe head trauma and a broken leg and was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition.

A man who checked on the cyclist says the victim was not responsive.

"I hear a noise though and as soon as I look out the window I see the back of a black car running some guy over. I didn't see exactly what happened with the impact but I did see someone get run over. When I ran outside I asked the guy to keep trying to move his fingers, like I kept yelling can you move your fingers if you hear me, and then he just didn't," said one witness.

Sources say the victim was not wearing a helmet.

It was the second deadly hit and run in two days.

On Saturday morning, a driver hit a vehicle and Felipe Castro, 27, as he stood in a bike lane near 3rd Avenue and 7th Street in Brooklyn.

The driver then hit a parked car and drove off.

The impact threw Castro into the windshield of a different parked car.

The car that hit him is is believed to have been a black Nissan Altima.

A man who saw the accident says he followed the car for several blocks and got the license plate number, which he turned over to police.

"Felipe is a very nice person, Felipe a good people, a working people. Felipe is a very nice guy. I know Felipe from a very long time ago," said a friend of Castro.

Anyone with information on either case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP