Bicyclist killed by tractor-trailer in Sunnyside, Queens, driver charged

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

QUEENS, N.Y. (WABC) -- A bicyclist was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in Sunnyside Wednesday morning at 56th Road and 48th Street, and the driver is under arrest.

The victim, a 34-year-old from Ridgewood, N.J., was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital in serious condition and later died. She has been identified as Anna Rodriguez.

A further investigation by the NYPD revealed that a tractor trailer, operated by a 57-year-old male, was travelling westbound on 56th Road, made a right turn northbound onto 48th Street, when he then struck the bicyclist as she was travelling westbound on 56 Road.

The driver, Dennis Forceri was taken into custody at the scene and arrested.

He faces multiple charges, including vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and driving while ability impaired on drugs.