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The incident occurred at 3:10 p.m. at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 55th Road. Rahman Isif rode his bicycle out from between two parked cars, right in the path of the Freightliner, police said.Medics responded to the scene and took Isif to St. John's Queens Hospital, just two blocks away. Isif was pronounced dead at the hospital.The truck driver remained at the scene and was not cited, police said.It was the first fatality on Queens Boulevard in 2008, a stretch of road notorious for pedestrian and bicyclist deaths.The city Department of Transportation said there was one pedestrian fatality on the corridor in 2007, a woman in her 60s who was killed Dec. 19 by a cement mixer while crossing Queens Boulevard by the Queens Center Mall.Pedestrian injuries on the boulevard were also down slightly from 2006, from 100 to 86, a DOT spokesman said.Reach reporter Jeremy Walsh by e-mail at jwalsh@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 154.

Updated 6:57 pm, October 10, 2011
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