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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Fort Lee police hunted down and charged an East Harlem real estate agent who lives just off Columbus Avenue with hitting a bicyclist on Lemoine Avenue with his Chevy Tahoe and then taking off.

Lee Williams was behind the wheel of the white, 2003 model truck when it pulled out of the Moori Bank driveway on Main Street and struck the victim on the sidewalk around 3:30 last Wednesday, Fort Lee Police Chief Keith Bendul said this afternoon.

The cyclist was taken to Holy Name Hospital with injuries that Bendul said weren’t life-threatening.

Williams took off, but witnesses and other evidence led detectives to him, the chief said this afternoon.

Williams, who lives in a third-floor apartment on West 105th Street, cooperated with police and gave a statement when he was arrested on Monday, Bendul said.

He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report it, careless driving, disregarding a stop sign, “improper emerging from a driveway” and speeding across a sidewalk (more than 4 miles per hour).

Bendul credited Detectives Sgt. Greg Boylan, Phillip Ross, and Robert Tilton, as well as Accident Investigation Unit members Armando Gherghetta and Daren Baumgardt, with cracking the case.

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