An ex-con who killed a 16-year-old bicyclist in a 2011 hit-and-run attack was found fatally stabbed behind the wheel of his SUV on Staten Island, police said Thursday.
Michael Ryner, 53, was discovered dying slumped over the wheel of his black Dodge Caravan after the vehicle jumped the curb on Bay St. near St. Julian Place in Tompkinsville about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The SUV crashed just paces from the MTA police headquarters. Ryner had been knifed in the shoulder and the back before losing consciousness and veering off the road, police said.
Medics rushed Ryner to Richmond University Medical Center but he could not be saved.
Ryner lived about a mile from where he was found stabbed. There were no immediate arrests.
Ryner’s wife told the Daily News she last saw her husband Tuesday and didn’t know anything about his death.
Ryner had an extensive criminal record with about 57 arrests dating back to 1982. He did four stints in prison between 1998 and 2016, records show. Most of his arrests were for drug offenses.
On July 30, 2010, police charged Ryner with fatally mowing down 16-year-old bicyclist Dashawn Geralds a few days earlier during a hit-and-run at the corner of Jersey St. and Hendricks Ave.
Ryner told investigators that Geralds was shooting at him when he rammed the teen and sped off, the Staten Island Advance reported at the time.
Cops charged him with leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license and improper license plates. He was ultimately convicted of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it in 2011 and did a year in prison for that offense.
In September 2014, cops arrested him for breaking into Famous New York Pizza on Jersey St. He was convicted of attempted burglary in 2015 and did another year in prison, according to court records.
In October 2018 he was arrested on drunk driving charges after he crashed a Jeep Cherokee near the corner of Louis St. and Victory Blvd. in Tompkinsville. Ryner tried to run from the scene, but was apprehended by police.
He pleaded guilty to the drunk driving charges in July 2019, had his license revoked for a year and was sentenced to one year in jail.
Officials say Ryner’s most recent arrest was on April 23 when he attacked a 31-year-old man on an MTA bus rolling by Livermore Ave. and Forest Ave. in Westerleigh. He was arrested after striking his victim with the butt end of a screwdriver, leaving the younger man with a minor injury.
Ryner had been released from jail because of concerns over the spread of coronavirus when he attacked the man with a screwdriver, according to the Staten Island Advance.
He was charged with menacing, harassment, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He paid his $20,000 bail on May 8 and was expected to answer the charges on court Nov. 25.
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