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Default Cops arrest BLACK cyclist who fatally struck WHITE woman crossing Midtown street


Cops arrest cyclist who fatally struck woman crossing Midtown street
By Olivia Bensimon, Elizabeth Rosner and David Meyer
November 7, 2019 | 12:58pm | Updated

A homeless bike delivery guy was arrested for fatally plowing into a pedestrian on his bike earlier this year.

Dameon Doward, 41, was charged in Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday for second-degree reckless endangerment for allegedly running into Donna Sturm, 67, in Midtown in April, cops said.

Police say the Brooklyn woman was crossing the street at the crosswalk outside 37 West 57th Street at around 1:38 p.m. on April 24 when Doward — who was on a delivery run for Postmates, according to his lawyer — ran into her.

First responders rushed her to Cornell Hospital, where she died on 10 days later on May 4.

Donna Sturm was identified as the victim killed when she was struck by a bicycle while using the crosswalk

Doward, who ran a red light before striking Sturm, remained at the scene. He told cops his gears malfunctioned and his brakes failed. He was initially issued a summons and released.

“I just use my feet to stop. I saw that the light was red and tried to stop but I collided with her,” Doward told NYPD immediately the crash, according to the police report.

But police were unable to locate him in the months after the collision — until Wednesday, when cops caught him hopping a subway turnstile, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Erin LaFarge said in court Thursday.

LaFarge said police were unable to locate Doward for months because he had relocated from a homeless shelter in Sunnyside, Queens to one in Brooklyn.

Dressed in all black, Doward looked gloomy and remorseful and kept silent while defense attorney Gurmeet Singh urged leniency from Judge Anne Swern.

“I understand the severity of what happened … it’s not lost on my client. He was cooperative with the DA,” Singh said.

He faces up to a year behind bars on the misdemeanor charge, but Swern said she is “thinking of adjourning [the] case… with supervised release.”

Doward’s next court date is Nov. 13.

Sturm was the first of two pedestrians killed by cyclists in the city in 2019. Michael Collopy, 60, was struck by a hit-and-run cyclist in the Flatiron District in late July.

Another 92 pedestrians have been fatally hit by motorists, according to city data through the end of October.
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