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NYPD looking for suspects in fatal hit-and-run-of bicyclist in East Harlem

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Marcus Solis reports from East Harlem, where a hit-and-run took the life of a bicyclist Wednesday night. (WABC)

A bicyclist was killed after being hit by a Mercedes that police said was speeding through East Harlem.

The victim has been identified as Dr. Sergei Muzatov, a neurosurgeon and assistant professor of neuroscience at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell.

Originally from Russia, he is a doctor and professor at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Around 11 p.m. Wednesday, a 2002 Mercedes sedan with Florida license plates, was westbound on the East 129 street when it struck multiple construction barriers. According to police, it then rear-ended Muzatov who was also westbound, sending the bicyclist over the hood and into the windshield. He landed on the ground.

The car was being pursued by New York State court officers who were in a patrol car outside criminal court in the Bronx.

The Mercedes had run red lights and the officers pursued it over the Third Avenue bridge.

The vehicle fled the scene, police said, continuing west on East 129th Street. It made a left onto Madison Avenue, going the wrong way on the one-way street, then turned and continued going the wrong way on East 128th Street.

Police said it hit a 2011 Volkswagen sedan stopped at a red light. The three people in the car abandoned it. There have been no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

"I was laying in bed, checking my email and about to go to sleep when I heard a crash," said Ryan Cook, a neighbor. "My first instinct was that that's an accident and thought that's just the sound of New York City. Then I heard somebody yelling."

The Mercedes was stolen Sunday in the Bronx.

Muzatov, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene of the initial collision.

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