MN native turned bike repair entrepreneur killed in NYC hit-and-run

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A former Minneapolis cyclist who started his own bike repair service in New York was killed in a hit-and-run.

"Avid biker" Matthew von Ohlen, 35, was cycling in a bike lane in East Williamsburg on Saturday when he was hit by a black Chevrolet Camaro, the New York Post reports.

The collision knocked him off his bike and left him with critical injuries. He later died at Bellevue Hospital, the newspaper notes.

Von Ohlen was the founder of Bikestock, which he set up with business partner Joseph Huba in 2013, according to its website.

The company installs vending machines stocked with bicycle repair supplies and free air pumps in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Massachusetts.

Von Ohlen's bio says the Minneapolis native was "lucky to grow up with the city's extensive greenway system" that connects the lakes and creeks with the Mississippi River.

He is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he studied from 1999 to 2003, according to his LinkedIn page.

The New York Daily News reports he was returning to his home in Queens from his other job as a bartender at a Manhattan venue when the collision happened at around 2:30 a.m.

Surveillance footage showed von Ohlen was dragged by the Camaro for about 30 feet.

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