Harlem cyclist dies after falling under truck in the Bronx


A 53-year-old Harlem bicyclist has reportedly died after falling under the wheels of a truck being towed down in the Bronx. This came after surviving being stabbed by a neighbor last year, heartbroken family said Friday.

Carlos Martinez was pedaling down Bruckner Blvd. near E. 136th St. in Mott Haven just before 1 p.m. Thursday when he apparently fell off his bike.

Police said amidst the situation, a tow truck carrying a disabled big rig rolled by.

He died at Lincoln Hospital a short time later.

His family said the Hunts Point warehouse worker bikes back and forth to work from Harlem each day and that he was stabbed during a fight with a neighbor at his E. 115th St. apartment building on Dec. 3.

The NYPD confirmed that the neighbor, Frank Chiclana, was arrested for assault and criminal possession of a weapon and issued an order of protection.

The case is still pending.

“He survived a lot. That man was strong,” Martinez’s wife Sandra Suro said as she broke down in tears.

“He survived and for this to happen…I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d be planning a funeral for my husband.

“We were supposed to grow old together. It’s not fair. He wasn’t sick, he was a healthy man.”

First responders found Martinez sprawled out on the street, suffering from severe injuries to his head and body, cops said.

EMS rushed him to Lincoln Hospital, but he couldn’t be saved.

The tow truck left, but responding officers ultimately found the 62-year-old driver, who was brought back to the scene and questioned.

No arrests were immediately filed as police continue their investigation.

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