Cyclists Struck in Separate Crashes in Brooklyn and Manhattan; One Dead

041410biker.jpgThe scene after a cab hit and seriously injured a cyclist at 23rd and Lexington. Photo: Gothamist.

One person is dead and another appears to be seriously injured after two separate car-on-bike crashes in New York City today.

Via Gothamist, a driver struck and killed a cyclist at Flatbush Avenue and Duryea Place in Ditmas Park this morning. NYPD says that the cyclist, a white male in his twenties, was traveling east on Duryea and the motorist was traveling north on Flatbush. The investigation is ongoing.

At 23rd Street and Lexington, Gothamist reports that a cab driver struck another cyclist, who witnesses say was not moving after being put in an ambulance. We have requests in with NYPD and will report additional details as they become available. 

In a third incident, a commercial van struck a pedestrian at Front Street and Washington Street in Dumbo, according to Brownstoner. The pedestrian, a 32-year-old female, sustained minor head injuries. There was "no criminality involved," according to the NYPD, although there were stop signs at the intersection for each of the two one-way streets.

flatbush_duryea.jpgFlatbush and Duryea, the site of a deadly collision this morning. Image: Google Street View.
  • Such a terrible shame.

    Let’s see if NYPD continues its unjustifiable practice of declaring the motorists free of blame within hours of the crash, while at the same time refusing to provide any details about the crash for months afterwards on the bogus grounds that there is an ongoing investigation or a forthcoming “final determination” from the NYPD.

  • Murder should really be illegal.

  • Horrible. This news came in at the same time as the news in London of a cyclist hit by a bus. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23824669-cyclist-fights-for-life-after-being-crushed-by-bus-in-oxford-street.do

  • What Jeff said. At a minimum, the police need to check the cellphone records of anyone involved in such a serious accent. Those who were on the phone should be charged with murder.

  • TKO

    Also the pedestrians cell phone record should be checked too. Many pedestrians cross intersections and in between intersections without looking and disregard for their own safety. Awareness first phone calls and texts last. Both drivers and pedestrians.

  • J

    1) Murder implies a deliberate taking of life, and I highly doubt most of these incidents qualify as such. Probably manslaughter, with a high degree of negligence, but when you throw around the murder term, it sounds out of touch and would never fly in court, unless you could show intent.

    2) There is no law about walking and talking on the phone. Yes, some people put themselves at risk, but the focus of an investigation should fall on the person operating heavy machinery at a speed great enough to injure or kill, as they are the ones creating the danger. In absence of the vehicle, there is no risk for walking and talking. Other countries have a vulnerable users hierarchy, with pedestrians on top.

  • J:Lai

    TKO – don’t you think that is somewhat disingenuous?

    Using a phone while walking across the street may be dumb, but it is not illegal. If a distracted pedestrian walks into someone, he may cause annoyance, but likely nothing more severe.
    On the other hand, driving while using a phone is illegal, and the consequences of driving a car into someone are serious injury and death.

    I don’t think jaywalking and running a red light are equivalent in any moral sense, but in terms of law enforcement they are often treated the same.

    The refusal to hold drivers accountable for operating in a safe manner, or excusing drivers’ dangerous behavior on the grounds that car use is necessary, leads to unnecessary death, injury, damage, and an overall climate of entitlement on the part of drivers and fear or anger on the part of everyone else.

  • i noticed the drivers of San Francisco were going even crazier than usual yesterday — I haven’t been out yet today. I surmised it could be that tax day was almost here. Maybe Traffic author, Tom Vanderbilt, would be able to shed some light.

  • Spring is here, cyclists new and old are back on the streets and more pedestrians are out. The roads and streets continue to be a lawless place, thanks to the incompetent approach of the NYPD to traffic safety. We will continue to pay for this incompetence with our tax dollars and our blood.

    The laws are out of date, and the law-enforcers are out of touch. Each of us must take full responsibility for both our own safety and the safety of those around us. Pedestrians, cyclists, motorists. The more harm you can do the more important it is that you exercise caution for those around you. Set a good example on the road.

    Walk/ride/drive safer! Slow down your life, lest you end it for yourself or someone else.

  • kaja

    Looks like the cab’s crossing the street at a 45deg angle to make a right turn from the a far-left double-parked position. Such a move is fairly common and puts all of the oncoming traffic in his blind spot.

    Bet he gets a ticket. *spits*

  • MtotheI
  • Lola

    I am constantly horrified by how fast people drive down Lexington, honking and weaving and turning, mindless of the dense foot and bike traffic, restaurants and retail stores, and–note the prominent markings on the street–schools.

    Look at those street markings again. Did the cab driver heed or even notice them? The distance between the cyclist and his bike suggests to me, sickeningly, that he did not.

    May you recover quickly, friend.

    This year would be a good one for some massive street actions and civil disobedience. The carnage cannot go on.

  • Ian Turner

    TKO, responsibility for safety rests with the person operating the two-ton killing machine. We don’t ask pedestrians to watch out for falling cranes, or blame them if they didn’t look up, do we?

  • So, Ian, the car driver should be held accountable if a pedestrian walked out in front of them against the light because he failed to pay attention, and the driver was unable to stop?

  • Michael Oxley, 28, was charged with criminally negligent homicide, he killed my friend and role-model and deserves the years he is getting. He blew through a steady red light for crying out loud. RIP Jake

  • Ian Turner

    Nanterking, all I’m saying is that the operator of dangerous heavy machinery, which includes motor vehicles, should operate said machinery in a responsible, alert, and aware way. Obviously if you jump into an industrial trash compactor there is nothing the operator of the compactor could do to prevent your death; so is it with a car. Whether or not a given pedestrian was talking on the phone does not bear on the care and diligence of the driver, which is the only question as far as criminality is concerned.

  • I’m glad the DA is prosecuting this as a homicide. Perhaps the recent decision in Caban, which allows prosecutors to tell a jury that a motorist who killed while driving had a suspended license at the time, has something to do with the decision.

    Even so, prosecutors would have a much easier time bringing felony charges against unlicensed drivers who kill or seriously injure if S.183 were enacted. The bill would make an automatic felony charge available to prosecutors in these circumstances. Under the present state of the law, prosecutors cannot establish criminally negligent homicide unless they can show “gross negligence” by the driver, which can be difficult when a key witness–the cyclist–is dead. As is so often the case.

    At present, there are only two NYS Senators who have signed on to S.183. The entire NYC delegation ought to be supporting this! Write you state senator, citing this incident, and ask them to sign on.

  • Duke

    RIP Jake…

  • george

    concerned bikers should kill motorists in retaliation.

  • Riding a bike will always remain a dangerous thing, no matter the protective gear , bicycle lanes or etc. RIP

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