Two Cyclists Killed in Brooklyn This Morning

From WABC:

union_teneyck.jpgTwo men, both bicyclists, were killed in separate accidents in Brooklyn Thursday morning.

In the first, police say a bicyclist was struck and killed by an oil truck at the intersection of Union Avenue and Ten Eyck Street in the East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

The bicyclist, a 26-year-old Massachusetts resident, was hit while cycling in the wrong direction just after 4:15 a.m.

He was allegedly trying to beat the oil truck, turning from southbound Union Avenue to Ten Eyck Street, when he was struck.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges were filed.

fulton_utica.jpgLater, authorities say a 25-year-old bicyclist was struck by a white passenger van at the intersection of Utica Avenue and Fulton Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, in front of a church.

The driver of the passenger van was not immediately charged. The accident was under investigation.

A woman who lives near Union and Ten Eyck describes the scene:

I came up to the intersection this morning at around 7 a.m., and it had crime scene tape around it. There was a large truck (like an oil truck perhaps) stopped, post turn, and when I turned to look I saw a bicycle completely flattened under the back left tire. The person had been removed from the scene, but from the somber expressions and the remains on the road it was clear that this individual didn’t survive. I would like to honor my neighbor in some way. This is so sad. I ride a bike pretty frequently and run all the time in the neighborhood. The intersection is absolutely terrible, people just peel around and often come very close to hitting me or my dog. As a matter of fact, I was just telling my friend on Monday about almost being hit a few blocks up from this (when I had a walk sign). Actually, all the intersections along Union Avenue in WBurg are like that. It is really, really hard to cross the street. The intersection where this tragedy occurred is a "T" so you can really only cross when the walk light says stop, because no one ever, ever, ever pays attention to the walk signal when they have the green light. This is so sad and senseless. After I walked by the scene, I saw so many cars in a rush try to run over pedestrians at Grand and Union, a few blocks away. I saw a car honking at a cyclist and come aggressively close to him on Union just past Grand. It is so sad. Is there anything we can do to make drivers more accountable for their recklessness?

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    He was allegedly trying to beat the oil truck, turning from southbound Union Avenue to Ten Eyck Street, when he was struck.

    If he was “trying to beat” the truck, it probably means that he was in the street to the left of the truck, and thus had the right of way. Unless he came up from behind the truck with no warning, the driver should be cited for failure to yield.

    If he was riding in the crosswalk, that’s exactly the kind of crash that vehicular cycling advocates say is caused by separated bike paths.

  • rlb

    “cycling in the wrong direction”
    Do you think this means on one-way Ten Eyck or on the wrong side of the street on Union?

  • Jonathan

    There was another pedestrian (bike or leg, I don’t know which) struck on 121st Street & Atlantic Ave in Queens last night; he or she suffered a traumatic arrest, which is when your heart stops beating because it’s been injured. I heard it come over the EMS radio, but didn’t see anything in the newspapers. Jamaica Hospital might know more; I think they took the patient there.

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    Thanks, rlb, I missed the “wrong direction” part. It’s more understandable that the driver wasn’t charged, then, although it’s still not something that people should die for.

  • Gwin

    Well, riding the wrong way down the street AND trying to “beat” a truck = a recipe for disaster. It’s just a pointless, tragic loss that could’ve been avoided.

  • Dane

    Police reports on bike and ped fatalities simply can’t be trusted. It’s almost always presented as the cyclist or walker’s fault. The cops empathize with the motorists and approach the scene as “an accident” pretty much no matter what happened.

  • cristina

    RIP craig.

  • elizabeth

    What I want to know is how the driver allegedly saw him and still hit him?
    Are there witnesses?

  • mork

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/19/nyregion/19mbrfs-CYCLIST.html

    October 19, 2007
    Brooklyn: Driver Charged in Fatal Accident

    A Brooklyn man was arrested yesterday after an accident that killed a
    bicyclist near the intersection of Fulton Street and Utica Avenue, the
    police said. The man, Alfred Taylor, 41, of Flushing Avenue, struck the
    bicyclist about 6:21 a.m., the police said. Mr. Taylor was charged with
    criminally negligent homicide after it was determined that he had been
    speeding, the police said. The police did not name the bicyclist.

    If he didn’t leave the scene and wasn’t drunk, it’s pretty significant that negligent homicide charges were levied for “only” speeding.

  • This is sad…cyclists be careful!

  • Kate

    Craig, you’ll be missed. You were one of the kindest, most giving, big-hearted people I’ve ever met.

  • anonymous

    yo craig,
    i know you are rocking the TMNT (illest hat of all time)
    and smashing thru M dumplings where ever you are homey.

    miss you dog.

  • Brooklynbikeranddriver

    Cyclists (especially fixed gear ones in the city) please be safe and wear helmets. Blame is constantly thrown onto drivers because they typically do not get hurt when these accidents occur, whether or not they are at fault. I think all parties need to be more aware. Drivers, Cyclists, and Pedestrians.

  • Ed Ravin

    1. I’m amazed the cops have charged someone for vehicular manslaughter in a cyclist death. The only other time in recent memory that they’ve done something even remotely like this (charge a sober motorist with wrongdoing for hitting a cyclist) was that for firefighter knocked down by a bus during the transit strike.

    2. In all too many cases of cyclists being killed by motorists, the killer driver is also the only witness. Is it any surprise that they so often report that the cyclist was in the wrong?

  • ericaStar*

    WTF… so many people get killed by trucks!!! I’m so sorry Craig, you didn’t deserve to go this way.
    NOT like this!
    You are missed so much..
    I always missed you

  • anonymous

    Rest in peace, honey. You are loved and missed by many.

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