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This article is a classic example of poor journalism. The Post's notorious bias is so blatant.

In all other news accounts the police stated that the messenger was riding with one hand not no hands.

See here for a more balanced account

Door Crash Kills Bike Messenger

New York Post, November 19, 2004

By John Doyle, Philip Messing and Clemente Lisi
A bicycle messenger was killed instantly in Midtown yesterday when he rode into a truck's open door and was knocked to the pavement, police said.

The 42-year-old cyclist, whose name wasn't released, was riding north on Eighth Avenue at around 10:40 a.m. when he plowed into the door of a double-parked delivery truck on the west corner of 49th Street.

"The man was face down, and his foot was still on the bike," said Felipe Huerta, 29. "He wasn't moving, and there was a lot of blood coming out of his mouth."

Sources said the man was riding with no hands as he held a cup of tea in one and a muffin in the other.

The truck, owned by New Jersey-based Vesuvio Foods, was making a delivery to Ciro Trattoria at 813 Eighth Ave.

That's when, cops said, a man opened the passenger-side door of the truck and the cyclist plowed into the open door.

But Vesuvio Foods said a police truck caused the accident, speeding down the street with no lights or sirens on and forcing the messenger to veer into the side of the truck.

"[The cyclist] hit the closed door, and that's when the men in the truck heard a thump and a loud bang," said spokesman Steve Manning.


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