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A 38-year-old woman who suffered severe head injuries following a freak collision with a bicyclist has died.
After seeing no hope for recovery, Kensington resident Howlader Hossain, Nasreen Hossain’s devoted husband of 15 years, asked doctors at Lutheran Medical Center to take his wife off life support Thursday -- a move that left him without a longtime confidant and his two daughters, ages 11 and 12, without a mother.
The doting mother was on her way to her part-time job at a local McDonald’s at 7:10 a.m. September 19 when a passing bicyclist knocked her off her feet at the corner of 12th Avenue and Dahill Road.
She fell back, struck her head on the concrete and never woke up, officials said.
Witnesses told responding officers from the 66th Precinct that the 39-year-old cyclist was traveling in the bicycle lane when Hossain allegedly stepped into his path as she crossed the street.
The bicyclist told police that Hossain saw him coming and stepped forward and then backward in an attempt to avoid him.
The bicyclist swerved as well, but the two kept getting into each other’s way, cops were told.
The bicyclist remained at the scene. As of press time, no charges had been filed against him because cops determined that Hossain was crossing against the light when she was hit.
But news that no one was going to be held accountable for his wife’s death hit the 54-year-old widower like a thunderbolt.
“There should be a severe punishment,” the grieving husband told the Daily News. “This is not an accident. He could have moved out of the way.”
According to city studies, at least one pedestrian a year dies from impacts with bicycles.
Eleven people were killed by bicyclists between 1996 and 2005, officials said.
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