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NYPD: Miller Place man high in accident that killed bicyclist in Queens

Police tape at an undated crime scene.

Police tape at an undated crime scene. Photo Credit: iStock

A tractor trailer driver from Miller Place was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, driving while ability impaired by drugs and a number of traffic infractions after he struck and killed a female bicyclist Wednesday morning in Maspeth, Queens, police said.

The NYPD said Dennis Forceri, 57, of 476 Harrison Ave., was arrested after an investigation into the fatal accident, which occurred in a warehouse district near 56th Road and 48th Street at about 8:45 a.m. The woman, identified as Anna Rodriguez, 34, of Ridgewood, was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital Center.

Police said 108th Precinct officers responding to a 911 call found Rodriguez unresponsive in the roadway with "trauma to her head and body." An investigation by the NYPD's Highway Division's Collision Investigation Squad determined that the tractor trailer, driven by Forceri westbound on 56th Road, made a right turn onto northbound 48th Street -- striking the westbound bicyclist in the process, killing her.

Forceri was arrested at the scene, police said.

Police did not immediately name the company that owned the tractor-trailer dump truck.

In addition to being charged with first-degree vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and DWAI / drugs, police said Forceri was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and with failure to yield to a bicycle and failure to exercise due care.

Arraignment details were not immediately available.

It was not clear if Forceri was represented by counsel.


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