Sunday, December 05, 2010
Maxim Vickers was riding in Old Westbury, Ct., when he was struck by 20-year-old Priya Nanda, a Plainview college student, who after hitting the cyclist, didn't stop till she got to a Staples where she bought some supplies.
Vickers was pronounced dead at the Nassau University Medical Center at 6:12 pm.
The service celebrating the 59-year-old's life was held at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Queens according to his younger brother Daniel Vickers, 51.
This is the third NYCC member to be killed by a motorist according to another member who posted to the club's online forum. The other two members were Steve Schuetze and Stan Oldak, said the poster.
Maxim was known to have cycled across parts of Europe, including England and Latvia, and completed Paris-Brest twice, a 1200-km ride that cyclists must complete in 90 hours from Paris to Brest, and then back again.
"Maxim was very active with the NYCC in the '80s and early '90s. Back then, he rode frequently with the 'A' riders, and was a regular at NYCC meetings and social events. In recent years, he preferred to ride alone," wrote Chris Mailing and Arlene Brimer in a joint message to NYCC members.
Vickers was hit from behind by Nanda who left the scene of the accident, but was tracked down by police in a Jericho Staples parking lot. A fragment from the mirror on her car that was damaged in the crash helped police identify the car and driver.
Nanda told police that "the guy on the bike . . . tried to cut me off," that she hit him, and that "I was nervous and kept driving," according to a report in Newsday by Matthew Chayes.
Nanda is charged with felony leaving the scene of a deadly accident. She was arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead, and is free on $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash bail and due back in court Jan. 7, said the newspaper.
Posted by Jen B at 2:31 PM