A Long Island City man was sentenced to five years in prison last Thursday for striking and killing a 37-year-old bicyclist last July,according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown,
AlexBatista, 25, was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and install an ignition interlock device at his own expense in any vehicle he owns or operates for three years following his release from prison.
Batista was speeding on Greenpoint Avenue at about 10:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, when he struck37-year-old Roger Hernandez’sbicycle. Hernandez was riding with the flow of traffic and was thrown onto the hood of the vehicle before landing on the roadway near 39th Place, Brown said. Hernandez was pronounced dead at the crime scene.
Batista fled the scene in his vehicle, which crashed into a building 10 blocks away. Police found him lying on the sidewalk a few car lengths from his vehicle with bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol. He also acted extremely belligerently when confronted by police, who also recovered two bags of marijuana from him.