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Cops: Driver of bucket truck charged after bicyclist is struck, killed

The crash scene Friday.

The crash scene Friday. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Florida man who drove a bucket truck Friday afternoon faces multiple charges after he hit a bicyclist, killing him, and crashed into seven vehicles in East Garden City, Nassau County police said.

Matthew Mummaw, 33, of Jacksonville, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and other counts after his vehicle struck a 38-year-old bicyclist at the Meadowbrook Parkway overpass, police said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police on Thursday identified the bicyclist as Erik Canales of Hempstead.

Mummaw also was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an incident and driving while ability impaired, police said, though they declined to say what led to the impairment of his ability to drive. Mummaw was arraigned earlier this week. 

Before hitting the bicyclist, police said, Mummaw drove southbound on Merchants Concourse and separately crashed into five vehicles that were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Corporate Drive and Merchants Concourse.

Police, who were dispatched at 4:37 p.m. Friday, said Mummaw didn’t stop after striking the bicyclist. Instead, he allegedly made a right turn onto Stewart Avenue and collided head-on with two more vehicles before stopping.

Police said Mummaw was taken to a hospital for treatment. No other information was available on injuries.

At an arraignment in Nassau First District Court on Tuesday, bail for Mummaw was set at $750,000 bond or $250,000 cash.

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