The death rate for New York City's cyclists rose slightly last year and shows no signs of dropping in 2012 following the death last night of 29-year-old nursing student Ronald Stillman, who was fatally struck by a driver who fled the scene of the Staten Island collision. The accident took place at 9:13pm yesterday on Howard Avenue near Wagner College, where the victim was a student.
The NYPD reported that the Stillman was riding uphill, or eastbound, on the winding and inclined street but was on the westbound side of the road when he was struck. According to the Staten Island Advance, "Police were looking for a black SUV or pickup truck, possibly a newer-model Dodge, with its front grill missing."
The Advance revealed Stillman's identity after his family was notified this morning, noting that his death was announced to fellow Wagner College students in a school-wide email today.
Tillman, who was originally from upstate New York, had been studying in the school's nursing program. His backpack, with worksheets and a textbook, was among the items strewn across the street in the crash. The impact also knocked one of his shoes off, and mangled his orange bicycle. The accident occurred on a winding, tree-lined street bordering the Wagner College campus in the Grymes Hill section of S.I. Mary Ellen Tarangelo, who lives on Howard Avenue and was one of the first people to arrive at the scene, told the Advance:
We were out here in a minute. There must have been 12 people calling 911. He didn't move. [...] It's very, very horrible. I don't know how you'd just hit someone and take off.
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