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Parents of slain Queens cyclist reflect proudly on son’s life


Aaron Padwee, 45, was killed in a cycling accident earlier this week. (Courtesy Michael Padwee)

The bicyclist crushed by an unlicensed box truck driver on a Queens street left the world he loved to explore far too soon.

Aaron Padwee, 45, was nearing the corner of 46th Ave. and 21st St. in Long Island City just before 3 p.m. Tuesday when a motorist opened her door causing him to flip into the roadway, cops said Wednesday.

Padwee landed in front of the box truck where he was was run over, cops said.

"He lived a full life that was just cut short," the victim's father, Michael Padwee, 75, told the Daily News. "It's unbelievable to me that I'll never see him again, that I'll never hear his voice."

The LaGuardia High School grad grew up in Park Slope and worked for over 10 years as a carpenter and set designer with Local 52 Motion Studio Picture Mechanics, his parents said.

"He was a very skilled woodworker," said mother Susan Padwee, 74. "He did some very beautiful work for people both in our neighborhood and throughout New York."

When he wasn't busy building sets, the New York native liked to get back to nature, climbing active volcanoes in Chile, ascending peaks in the Pindus mountains of northern Greece or hiking through the Adirondacks just upstate.

"We weren't travelers or outdoors people," David Padwee said. "He must have gotten that from his aunt."

Calls from Aaron's friends across the world, including Israel and Italy where he spent a year living abroad, have flooded in in the wake of their son's death.

"He still has connections there," said Susan Padwee. "He was well loved by his friends and everyone who came into contact with him."

Padwee was unmarried and did not have children or siblings, his parents said.

Truck driver Agustin Osorio, 32, was busted and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle for driving with a suspended license, police said.

"Dangerous, suspended drivers pose a threat to public safety due to laws that do not treat these offenses seriously enough," said State Sen. Michael Gianaris, the sponsor of a bill to increase penalties for unlicensed drivers who kill or seriously injure someone. "If this driver's suspension was due to reckless driving, we face another preventable tragedy."