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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 21:35

Man Drives Damaged Car to Body Shop After Fatal Hit and Run

Written by Bill Parry, Times Ledger

Corona Cyclist Killed Sunnyside
The NYPD puts an electronic billboard at the intersection where 32-year-old cyclist Gelacio Reyes was killed in a hit-and-run collision at 39th Street and 43rd Avenue in Sunnyside. (Photo credit: Bill Parry)


A 32-year old married father of three cycling home to Corona, NY on April 2 was struck and killed by an alleged drunk and unlicensed driver in Sunnyside, police said. 

Gelacio Reyes was heading east on 43rd Avenue and 39th Street around 3 a.m. when a southbound red 2002 Ford Escape crashed into him and fled the scene, according to the NYPD.


Police found the bicycle deliveryman, who was heading home from the Manhattan restaurant where he worked, lying on the roadway with trauma to his body. Reyes was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.


Woodside resident Cristian Guiracocha, 25, was arrested hours later at an auto body shop, texting inside the vehicle with vomit on his pants, and police smelled alcohol on his breath, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney’s office. His vehicle, parked in front of Brian’s Auto Body Shop at 51-04 58th Place in Woodside, had extensive damage to the front end and the passenger side mirror was missing.


Guiracocha was taken to the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills, where he refused to take a Breathalyzer test, police said.


Records show Guiracocha, a resident of 59th Street in Woodside, had his driver’s license revoked at least twice before, most recently on January 28, 2014, according to the criminal complaint.


He is charged with driving under the influence, aggravated unlicensed driving and refusal to take a Breathalyzer test, authorities said.


Guiracocha was released on $100,000 bail and was due back in court on April 14.


Meanwhile, Reyes’ wife is planning a fundraiser in Corona, and the PTA at PS 143--where his two sons attend school--will be collecting money to help the family bury him in his home country of Mexico.


We would like to thank Times Ledger for reprint permission.

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