Truck Driver Severely Injures Cyclist in Downtown Brooklyn

A semi truck driver ran over a cyclist at the corner of Jay and Tillary streets in Downtown Brooklyn this morning.

The crash happened at around 7:15. NYPD told Streetsblog the truck driver was turning right from Tillary onto Jay when the collision occurred, but photos from the scene show the truck stopped while turning right from northbound Jay onto Tillary.

The victim, a 35-year-old man, sustained trauma to his left leg and was transported to New York Methodist Hospital in critical condition, NYPD said.

The victim suffered a “massive head wound,” according to the Daily News:

As cops investigated, the mangled bike remained lodged under the truck’s cabin, just paces away from a pool of blood and the victim’s helmet.

The driver was not ticketed or arrested. The NYPD spokesperson we talked with said the crash “looks like an accident.” The investigation is ongoing, the spokesperson said.

Jay Street and Tillary Street are local truck routes. However, trucks longer than 55 feet are allowed on surface streets only if the load is “non-divisible,” such as construction beams, and the driver has a permit. It is illegal to operate a tractor-trailer carrying boxed or other loose cargo on New York City streets if the total truck length exceeds 55 feet.

Today’s crash was at least the second such serious collision in or near Downtown Brooklyn this year. Last April an off-route semi driver killed cyclist James Gregg at Sixth Avenue and Sterling Place in Park Slope.

Whatever the circumstances of this morning’s crash, a truck that size on city streets filled with people biking and walking is a disaster waiting to happen. NYC needs big changes to freight policy and enforcement to move loads on smaller vehicles within the city.

Today’s crash occurred in the 84th Precinct, where local officers essentially do not enforce truck route regulations, and in the City Council district represented by Steve Levin.

  • LimestoneKid

    If, and I do mean “IF”, you were actually there you should be sharing this information, in detail, with the proper authorities including the victim’s lawyers and you should NOT be sharing it on social media.

  • MatthewEH

    Don’t think so: this gofundme page for him went up 2 days ago. Injured, not killed.

    https://www.gofundme.com/brians-friendship-insurance-2uepu44

  • danvdk

    Any updates on the cyclist’s condition?

  • Brad Aaron
  • veffari

    I am sorry to hear of this accident and hope the cyclist will be okay. Bicycling is a great way to get around the city, helps reduce congestion and pollution. This morning I had to use the subway for the first time in months. It took about an hour, whereas the bike takes me there in 25 minutes. I bike that intersection and there both bicyclists and drivers that take risks. A part of the intersection problem are unclear and confusing bike lanes.

  • veffari

    “You have the right to ride in the middle of the travel lane.”
    I was recently stopped by a cop car in Cobble Hill. I took the lane (I bike at the speed of traffic, almost) as I am allowed to by law, There was not enough space for me to be on the right side in the lane, so a car could easily sideswipe me, or a car door open to force me in front of a car. Plus there are two lanes.
    But I was stunned at how the cop advised me to risk my life, and didn’t even know the rules. She told me to bike on the right hand side of the lane, which is completely insane in that area (Court Street).
    Of course I said nothing. I wasn’t the one looking for trouble:
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/biketips.shtml

  • veffari

    Yes and that is a great price! For shorter biking (few miles) Citibike is fabulous and I look forward to it expanding even more.
    I prefer my own bike though and use only a foldable, and the subway no more than maybe 2-3% of the time.
    Accidents happen and each one is tragic and a lesson in each case. Many intersections are unsafe for bicyclists and bike lanes still being laid down. Things are getting better for bicycling.

  • veffari

    I bike on this intersection and have been watching this new steel framed glass building going up. It is on the SE corner. Biking across this intersection can be risky and the brand new beautiful bike lanes on Jay Street often have /$%#)&//!! cars parked in them!
    /-/ Where are the tow trucks? /-/
    Generally when buses and trucks and vans make turns over your bike lane, always just wait behind them and let them clear before continuing. And some of them make big turns so stay alert -and out of the way.