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An Astoria man was arrested following a vehicle collision that took a man’s life in Manhattan on Wednesday evening.

According to police, at 9:16 p.m. on Oct. 31, officers from the 33rd Precinct were on patrol when they encountered a vehicle collision at West 178th Street and Ft. Washington Avenue.

Upon their arrival, they found a motorcyclist, who has been identified as 40-year-old Manual Hernandez, unconscious and unresponsive with severe body trauma at the location.

EMS repsonded to the scene and transported Hernandez to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A preliminary investigation found that the operator of a 2009 Lincoln sedan, Ayman Zarik, 53, of 31st Road in Astoria was traveling southbound on Ft. Washington Avenue when he collided with Hernandez, who operating a 2012 Suzuki and riding eastbound on West 178th Street.

Zarik remained at the scene and was taken into custody. He was later charged with criminally negligent homicide.


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