Cyclist Critically Hurt in East New York; Details Surface on Flatbush Fatality

Picture_1.pngThe intersection of Linden Boulevard and Schenck Avenue, where a driver hit and critically injured a cyclist. Image: Google Street View.

We have another incidence of traffic violence to report today. A cyclist was struck just after midnight in East New York and is in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital.

The driver of a Toyota Camry hit the unidentified cyclist on Linden Boulevard and Schenck Avenue. The 21-year-old driver stayed at the scene, according to the Daily News. The NYPD told Streetsblog that police have determined that no criminality was involved but could provide no further information about the crash.

New details have emerged about the death of a cyclist in Ditmas Park this morning. According to accounts in the Post, the cyclist was headed southbound on Flatbush when he crossed into a northbound lane. At that point, an oncoming white minivan — speeding according to the Post’s witnesses — hit and killed him. The van driver was unlicensed. Police arrested the driver, but the NYPD couldn’t tell us on what charges.

The witnesses cited by the Post don’t specify why the cyclist changed lanes, but reports on NY1 and City Room say he was struck while traveling east on Beverley Road, which would seem to indicate that he was in the process of turning left.

  • He was WALKING HIS FUCKING BIKE ACROSS THE STREET. I went to high school with Jake and he was a role model for me. RIP my friend.

  • JamesR

    Another incident to report: a cycling teammate of mine was struck by a vehicle at 9th Ave and 4th Street near Prospect Park. He was knocked clear off the bike and is torn up with contusions, but he’ll be okay. It was a bad scene out there today for cyclists in New York.

  • I hope that Michael Oxley, who the Post says “blew through a steady red light” to kill that young man suffers the longest and most heinous punishment possible under our laws. I commend the DA for bringing homicide charges.

    As for Linden Boulevard, I biked over there yesterday, just a few blocks from where the 21-year old Camry driver hit a cyclist but was not charged. I went to Linden and Essex, where there is a low-cost animal clinic (my wife took a homeless cat there that she found in the back yard with a broken leg). My first time on that section of Linden. It was a horrible scene — reminiscent of Queens Blvd, but cars were moving at highway speeds. After a block or two, I opted for the sidewalk.

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