Hit-and-run driver sought in East Harlem crash that killed delivery worker

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, NY – Police are searching for a driver who left the scene after striking and killing a food delivery worker in East Harlem, the Daily News reports.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Second Avenue and East 97th Street at about 4:30 p.m.

Police said 42-year-old Ernesto Guzman, a pizzeria worker, was riding an e-bike while on the way to make a delivery when he was hit by a black Chevrolet SUV.  He was pronounced dead at Metropolitan Hospital.

The driver kept going after the accident and the SUV was found unoccupied about two blocks away from the crash scene, at 97th Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue.  According to police, the vehicle involved is registered to a Manhattan Uber base.  There was damage to the vehicle and the airbags were deployed.

Guzman was in a protected bike lane when he was hit, police said.

WABC reported that Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group, said that Guzman was at least the 20th bicyclist killed in traffic in 2020 in New York City, compared to 27 cyclists at this time in 2019.

The group’s executive director Danny Harris issued a plea for the city to take additional steps to protect cyclists and delivery workers. He released a statement that read in part, “Food delivery remains one of the most dangerous jobs in New York precisely because of constant exposure to impatient drivers piloting multi-ton assault vehicles on streets designed to move and store cars.”

Another food delivery worker was struck last month by a hit-and-run driver in the Bronx.

Guzman’s brother said Ernesto had immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 2000.

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