Bicyclist, 27, killed joyriding in front of Met Museum - NY Daily News
A 27-year-old Bronx bike messenger was killed in front of a Manhattan museum as he was joyriding while holding onto the back of a commercial truck, police said.
Daniel Martinez was riding south on Fifth Avenue near E. 83rd Street around 6:30 p.m. when he grabbed onto the rear of a Ford F55, cops said.
When the vehicle came to a stop at a red light, Martinez flew underneath, just steps from the front entrance to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, cops said.
When the light turned green, the truck moved forward, uncovering the body of the cyclist, who lived on Walton Ave. in University Heights.
"The man was lying lifeless," Alex Stanko, 28, of West Grove, Pa., said. "I didn't see him move."
"He was bleeding profusely. I've never seen anything like that in real life."
Martinez - who left behind a 10-year-old daughter - was pronounced dead at Lenox Hill Hospital, police and family said.
"He was a hard worker, he was a family man. He loved his daughter," said Martinez's cousin Jessica Bernacett, 26, of the Bronx. "It’s sad that he's gone."
"We loved him. We're all shocked."
Martinez’s brother Nelson, 36, said "he died too young."
"He was working, trying to support his family," Nelson Martinez said. "He's a responsible guy."
“It's just so sad and unfortunate," said the victim’s sister, Natalie Martinez, 29.
The truck remained at the scene and no criminality is suspected, cops said.