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Hit-&-run tragedy hits home

Who smashed Enid off her bike?
News offers $5000 reward

By TONY SCLAFANI and ADAM LISBERG
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER


Enid Rivera is an avid cyclist. Did you see who hit her? Help us nab the slob.




The Daily News has shined a harsh spotlight this year on a growing menace on city streets - hit-and-run drivers who kill and maim with their cars, then vanish like cowards.
Now the tragic scourge has hit home.

Enid Rivera, a popular designer at The News, lies in a hospital after a driver pinned her and her bicycle against a row of parked cars on Queens Blvd., then careened away into the night.

The News is offering a reward of up to $5,000 to help police track down the driver.

Rivera, 46, is an avid cyclist who rode her bike 13 miles to work from Jamaica, Queens, to The News' W. 33rd St. offices every day, and always wore a helmet and safety lights.

"It's like a nightmare," said her sister, Rubie Rivera, 47. "I'm very upset. I want to get this guy. He shouldn't be out there - especially since he left the scene."

Enid Rivera and her boyfriend, Douglas Arevalo, 33, were riding home on the Queens Blvd. service road near Hillyer St. about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when a car roared up behind them.

"She was riding just behind me," said Arevalo, who veered up on the sidewalk when he heard a screech and bang behind him. "She just kept riding straight and got hit by the car.

"It happened too fast," he said. "All I could see was that it was a blue car - and that it kept going."

The driver sideswiped five other cars before speeding off. Cops talked with witnesses but couldn't come up with a description of the car.

"I heard a couple of screams," a witness who didn't want to be identified told The News. "It just sped by at high speed. It just missed us. If I hadn't swerved, it would have hit us, too."

Enid Rivera put together The News' "New York Vue" television guide each week, designing the cover and inside pages.

She appears to have neurological damage. Her condition was upgraded to stable last night, as she was moved from intensive care to a private room at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in Flushing.

"She's moving, and once in awhile she might mumble a word or two. She opens her eyes, but you're not really sure if she's recognizing you," Arevalo said.

"If you ask her to squeeze your hand, she squeezes your hand."

Eighteen cyclists have been killed by cars this year, up from 15 in all of 2004 and 12 in all of 2003, according to the biking advocacy group Transportation Alternatives.


Help us nab the coward

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run driver who critically injured Daily News designer Enid Rivera should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

The News will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information substantially leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who hit Rivera. If more than one witness provides such information, the award amount will be shared among them.

The claim for this reward must be made within 90 days after the conviction of the driver who hit Rivera. Persons making such claim must be able to demonstrate their contribution to the arrest and conviction through documents or other evidence. Law enforcement officials and members of their families are not eligible for this reward.


Did you see it?

Cops need your help to find the hit-and-run driver who pinned bicyclist Enid Rivera against a row of parked cars in Queens.


TIME: 8:30 p.m. Thursday

PLACE: Eastbound Queens Blvd. service road, between Hillyer St. and 51st Ave.

DESCRIPTION: Witnesses saw a dark-colored sedan driving fast scrape against a row of parked cars. The car may have damage on its right side.

GETAWAY: One witness saw the car turn right on Codwise Place, then left the wrong way down Van Kleeck St.