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NYPD Hit Dirt Bikes Twice Before Fatal Crash That Killed Eddie Fernandez (VIDEO)

03/26/2013 09:41 am ET

By Patrick Wall, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HUNTS POINT — The first time the police cruiser struck a dirt bike that Adalberto Gonzalez was riding one afternoon last August, he managed to clamber onto a friend's bike and speed off,  newly released surveillance videos show.

The second time the cruiser hit the friend’s bike. That time, Gonzalez did not get back up.

Instead, he launched from the bike and broke his leg on the pavement, according to his lawyers.

“I’m going through a lot of pain, a lot of medications,” Gonzalez, 27, said Monday at Bronx Criminal Court, where he arrived on crutches ahead of his trial which is set to begin this week.

He was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving and resisting arrest following the August 11 crash around Randall Avenue in Hunts Point.

“I just want this all over with so I can get my life back,” he said. “That’s all.”

Eddie Fernandez, the friend whose dirt bike Gonzalez jumped onto, also jettisoned onto the pavement when the cop car rammed it from behind, the footage appears to show.

The Bronx District Attorney’s office handed over the videos to Gonzalez’s defense attorney last week after repeated requests for the evidence, according to the lawyer, Cesar Gonzalez Jr., who is not related to his client.

He said the videos clearly show the police car pursuing the bikers, apparently in violation of a department policy not to engage in the risky chases.

“The police cruiser made a beeline for the two riders,” the lawyer said, adding that he planned to show much of the footage in court. “I think the video speaks for itself.”

Gonzalez is suing the NYPD for $20 million, claiming the officers involved in the crash acted with criminal negligence, according to his civil lawyer, Peter Ronai.

The NYPD did not respond to requests for comment Monday on the crash or the lawsuit.

The video also shows the period before the crashes, when the men raced down and across Randall Avenue and onto the sidewalk on their dirt bikes, which are not street legal.

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