Witnesses said they heard a big big bang and that is when the driver hit the bicyclist and narrowly missing a crowd of pedestrians, police said.
He was spotted driving recklessly in a parking garage Sunday night, officials said. Authorities say 28-year-old Raheem Addison struck the bicyclist after driving the wrong way on both West 34th Street and 7th Avenue to avoid being pulled over.
The driver kept going untilhe stopped on West 35th Street and tried to flee on foot until NYPD officers caught him, police said. He continued up Seventh Avenue for two blocks, then made a U-turn and before ditching his vehicle near 35th Street, cops said. He was eventually taken into custody and is charged with aggravated unlicensed operator, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident, no license and DWAI.More news: Cosby Judge To Decide Whether To Release Jurors' Names
At first, Addison drove with the traffic - but then crossed the double line and drove against traffic as he neared Seventh Ave., striking a 32-year-old bicyclist, police said.
The cyclist was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in serious condition. WABC 7 reports that his blood alcohol was.177, more than twice the legal limit, and that he has "25 license suspensions on 12 different dates, and 21 prior arrests".