Police ID bicyclist struck, killed by car in Marine Park

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MARINE PARK -

Police have identified a man who was struck and killed by a car while riding his bike on Sunday in Marine Park.

Officials say that 29-year-old Robert Sommer was riding his bike near Avenue U and East 33rd Street just before 8:30 p.m. when he was hit.
 
Police say when they responded to a 911 call, they found him lying on the floor with severe head trauma.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators say a 20-year-old man in a 2014 Toyota Highlander was driving along Avenue U. When he approached the intersection of East 33rd Street, he hit Sommer on his bike as he was trying to cross through the intersection.

Bike South Brooklyn responded to the news of this death in a statement that read in part, ”Half of the fatalities that have occurred in southern Brooklyn is the entirely predictable result of the city government and local officials abandoning people on bikes here and never taking serious measures to improve the bike network or cycling safety."

News 12 was told that the driver remained on the scene.

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