A 63-year-old bicyclist from Brentwood was fatally struck by a vehicle in North Bay Shore on Friday afternoon.

Suffolk County police said Jose Benitez was riding his bicycle southbound on 5th Avenue, when he changed lanes and was hit by a Hyundai at 3:15 p.m.

Benitez was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead shortly later.

The driver, 22-year-old Danny Hernandez of Bay Shore, was not injured.

Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to call them at 631-854-8352.


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