By Renée Roden
A cyclist was hit by a small SUV Thursday night around 5:05 pm on Central Park West and 103rd. A woman living at 425 Central Park West said she heard the cyclist’s body hit the pavement and came out to investigate. A local bystander named Gil called the police. About ten minutes later two cop cars and two ambulances arrived on the scene, he says.
According to Gil, the cyclist was hit by a dusk-colored Toyota RAV4, which had been parked at the fire hydrant on the southbound side of CPW in front of 425 Central Park West. On the red light, the car swung out of its parking spot to do a U-turn northbound and hit the northbound cyclist, Gil said.
After the crash, the driver of the Toyota was back in his parking spot and the cyclist — a middle-aged man with a brown paper bag on the back of his blue bike — was on the ground, being attended to by EMTs.
The EMTs got the cyclist in a harness and brought him into the ambulance. Police remained on the scene to question the driver and clear the intersection. Police headquarters had no further information on the crash.