Man pleads not guilty in fatal hit-and-run of bicyclist
A man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to fatally striking a bicyclist and fleeing the scene over the summer.
Prosecutors charged Juan Maldonado with second-degree manslaughter in a July 2 collision in Williamsburg.
The district attorney's office says Maldonado swerved into a designated bike lane on Grand Street, sped through a red light at the intersection and struck the victim, 35-year-old Matthew Von Ohlen, of Queens. Maldonado allegedly continued driving, running over the victim and dragging him about 10 to 20 feet as he sped off.
Von Ohlen was pronounced dead of blunt-force trauma at Bellevue Hospital.
An active member of Brooklyn's biking community, Von Ohlen was the co-founder of Bikestock, a self-service kiosk where cyclists can find the tools to repair bikes.
Maldonado's bail was set at $100,000. He is due back in court in December.