Based on NYPD crash data and a report from Gothamist, an unidentified Williamsburg cyclist struck by a driver this summer died from his injuries.
On August 27th, Gothamist reported a collision that occurred the night before, involving a male cyclist, at Flushing and Franklin Avenues. “[T]he cyclist was not expected to survive,” wrote Christopher Robbins, “and according to the NYPD there is no criminality suspected.”
The intersection of Flushing and Franklin falls under the jurisdiction of the 90th Precinct. In August the precinct recorded one cyclist fatality, resulting from a collision with a passenger vehicle, at that location. The crash was the only Brooklyn cyclist fatality reported by NYPD in August. We could find no subsequent media coverage describing the crash or identifying the victim.
Every month, dozens of pedestrians and cyclists are reported injured on New York streets. These stories normally fade from the public consciousness with the next news cycle, to make way for the next wave. Of course, most crashes are never reported at all — with close to 40 pedestrians and cyclists injured by motorists every day, there are too many for all the dailies, weeklies and blogs in the city to keep track.
This fatal crash occurred in the 90th Precinct, where in 2011 officers issued 6,192 citations to drinking pedestrians and 13 tickets to speeding motorists. Other recent victims of deadly drivers in the 90th Precinct include pedestrians Raoul De La Cruz and Lepoldo Hernandez, and cyclists Terence Connor, Mathieu Lefevre and Nicolas Djandji.
To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Deputy Inspector Mark DiPaolo, the commanding officer, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The 90th Precinct community council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 30 Montrose Avenue, Community Room, at 7:30 p.m. Call 718-963-5309 for information.