Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Cyclist Near Times Square

A food deliveryman was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver who struck his bicycle from behind near Times Square about 10:15 p.m. Friday, the police said.

The victim, Ricardo Gonzalez, 28, was thrown under a second vehicle that was double-parked. He was listed in critical condition on Saturday at Bellevue Hospital Center.

Officers arrested a driver who they said had been involved in the accident a few blocks away. They identified him as Clark Gettinger, 40, of 300 West 59th Street.

The police said Mr. Gettinger was traveling north on Eighth Avenue in a 2001 Lexus when his car struck Mr. Gonzalez, who had crossed 47th Street and was pedaling up the right side of the avenue.

Mr. Gonzalez was thrown from the bike and then skidded and became trapped under a BMW that was double-parked in front of him, the police said. The driver of the Lexus steered around the BMW and continued north. Traffic forced him to stop a few blocks away.

Two police officers then arrested Mr. Gettinger, who a law enforcement official said declined to submit to a Breathalyzer test.

“He was stopped by patrol officers based on information provided by eyewitnesses,” said the official, who spoke anonymously because the investigation was continuing. “The vehicle was observed with damage to the front passenger-side windshield, and the driver was positively identified by witnesses at the scene.”

Mr. Gettinger was charged with driving while intoxicated, vehicular assault and leaving the scene of an accident, the police said.

The accident occurred in front of the Fire Department’s Engine 54 and Ladder 4 Company, and firefighters rushed outside and used a “floor jack” device to lift the BMW off of Mr. Gonzalez, said James Long, a department spokesman.

“People outside were pounding on the door to alert the firefighters,” Mr. Long said. “A house watchman was the first to come out. He identified the problem, called the other members out. They brought tools out. As they were lifting the car up, they were stabilizing him. ”

It was not clear where the injured man worked.

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