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LIC drunk driver who killed Sunnyside cyclist to be sentenced to 5 years

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Feb. 6, 2013 By Christian Murray

The Long Island City man who struck and killed a bicyclist on a Sunnyside street last July will be sentenced to five years in prison.

Alex J. Batista, 25, of 53-36 Van Dam St., was driving drunk along Greenpoint Avenue on July 18 when he drove into Roger Hernandez, a Sunnyside handyman who was riding his bicycle.

Hernandez was thrown onto the roadway near 39th Place after striking Batista’s windshield. Hernandez was pronounced dead on the scene with massive head injuries.

Batista, who fled the scene, was later found by cops after crashing his 4-door sedan into a building about 10 blocks away, at 58-16 Laurel Hill Boulevard. He had passed out, lying down on the sidewalk next to his car.

Batista had faced up to 15 years in prison for second degree manslaughter charges. Instead he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and DWI and will be sentenced to 5 years on March 13.

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