Livery Cab Driver Kills Cyclist at LIE Overpass, No Charges Filed

An NYPD officer carries the bicycle and sneaker of a man struck and killed at the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and Borden Avenue in Long Island City this morning. Photo: ##http://www.dnainfo.com/20120404/astoria-long-island-city/bicyclist-struck-by-livery-cab-queens/slideshow/popup/171857##DNAinfo/Theodore Parisienne##

A livery cab driver struck and killed a cyclist in Long Island City early this morning, as first reported by DNAinfo. The motorist was not charged with any crime, said an NYPD spokesperson.

According to police, the cyclist, a man in his 30s, was riding south on Greenpoint Avenue at the time of the crash, while the livery driver, 25, was heading east on Borden Avenue, along the side of the Long Island Expressway.

The NYPD offered no additional information about the circumstances of the crash, such as who had the light at the intersection, but said that no criminality is suspected at this time.

This fatal crash occurred in the 108th Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Captain Donald Powers, the commanding officer, head to the next precinct community council meeting. The 108th Precinct council meetings happen at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th Street. Call the precinct at 718-784-5411 for information.

  • Peter

    Going to police community meetings actually does matter. Raise your voice. You want to know why more trucks than bike are ticketed in NYC? Because old ladies go to meeting and complain about bikes. If they complained about trucks, they would get ticketed too.

  • My BS meter is blaring right now. 

    If this cyclist rode this route even once prior (and it’s a common bicycle commuting route), you’d know that blowing a red light at this intersection would be instant death. One would even think that a glance at the intersecting road during a GREEN light would be a smart idea just-in-case. 

    And as for the Borden Ave approach, let’s just say that common sense about highway off-ramps dictates that cars are probably aggressively blowing through that intersection at ridiculous speeds, whether signaled green, yellow or red. It’s up to the city to do what it takes to ensure that drivers use that part of Borden Ave with a local-street mentality. Virtually every transportation district in America has a poor record of doing this on local streets that are fed by highway off-ramps. Should this matter be closed with the same kind of cursory, driver-friendly investigation for which the AIS has grown accustomed, it will be another deeply shameful, inhuman mark on that record.

  • Matt

    Livery cab drivers scare the hell outta me. Yellow cabs might menace me once in awhile, but you get the sense that they’re taking care not to hit you. Car service and limo drivers just don’t give a crap. 

  • Joe R.

    @brianvan:disqus I agree here. I’m not familiar with that intersection in particular, but I’m very familiar with the LIE and the overpasses/underpasses. Many of the cross roads intersect at oblique angles where visibility is poor. If you’re caught at a red light in between the two service roads, then the first lane you would cross trying to blow a red wouldn’t be a parking lane, but a lane of fast moving traffic. Couple that with the often poor line of sight angles, and you’re right-instant death. No cyclist with a shred of common sense even tries to blow the light. I’m sure eventually the police will say the cyclist here did exactly that. My gut instinct says exactly the opposite. I’ve seen cyclists pass reds in all kinds of situations. I don’t recall ever seeing one stupid enough to do so where they will cross right into a lane of fast traffic with poor or nonexistent lines of sight. And yes, glancing even on green is SOP for me at every single intersection, not just the more dangerous ones.

  • Anonymous

    I ride through this intersection a lot and you guys are right – I would be surprised if even the most daredevil bike messenger would try to blow a red here.  My guess would be that the driver ran a red light, which is a common occurrence here.  This is one of the few places where I typically wait a second or two after I get the green before proceeding.

  • Jenn

    I do know the driver of the cab and, contrary to your beliefs, the bicyclist did run the red light. Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it. You can always head down to the precinct and ask for video evidence. Additionally, there were witnesses on the scene that confirmed this information. Please don’t make assumptions based on cab driver stereotypes. The driver in this case is a very careful driver and is extremely distraught over the occurrence. 

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