Xin Kang Wang, 74, Dies Ten Days After Taxi Passenger Doored Him on 20th Street

The taxi driver pulled into the bike lane ahead of Wang before the passenger opened the door, throwing him into traffic.

Wang was riding in the East 20th Street bike lane when a cab driver pulled in front of him. Photo: Google Maps
Wang was riding in the East 20th Street bike lane when a cab driver pulled in front of him. Photo: Google Maps

Xin Kang Wang, 74, died on Sunday, 10 days after a taxi passenger doored him on 20th Street. The driver had pulled into the bike lane ahead of Wang immediately beforehand, police said.

Wang was heading east on 20th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue. As the passenger exited the vehicle they hit Wang with the door, and Wang “bounced into the adjacent travel lane and fell in front of a second 2016 Toyota, before coming to a rest on the roadway,” according to the police description of the crash. The NYPD account suggests but does not actually specify that the driver of the second vehicle struck Wang.

Both drivers remained on the scene and no arrests have been made, though an investigation is ongoing. The taxi driver was given a summons for discharging a passenger in a bike lane, according to the Daily News.

Wang is the second person killed biking in Manhattan this year, matching the total number of cyclist deaths in the borough in 2016.

The May 4 collision occurred in the 13th Precinct and the City Council district represented by Rosie Mendez. The 13th Precinct holds its next community council meeting on June 20.

Correction (5/19/17, 9:55 a.m.): NYPD’s description of the crash incorrectly said the victim was female. The text has been amended to reflect Wang’s correct gender according to the funeral home that handled his memorial service.

Update (5/19/17, 11:37 a.m.): The driver of the first vehicle in the crash was not operating a city-licensed taxi or livery car, and in fact had New Jersey license plates, according to a spokesperson for the TLC. The second vehicle involved in the crash was a TLC-registered for-hire vehicle.

  • Vooch

    negligent homicide

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    Riding crosstown is primarily in doorzone lanes and by lanesplitting. Much of the lanes on the 20th/21st pair appear to be less than 5 feet wide.

    Ryan Russo hinted in his exit interview with Streetsblog that modal filtering (aka Bike Boulevards) weren’t going to happen unless Transportation Alternatives asked for it. Is there any chance of that happening?

    The alternative is trying for protected bike lanes, requiring removing a parking row across the entire width of Manhattan. How likely does that sound?

  • walks bikes drives

    This is NYC. They are going to charge her estate for the door that was illegally opened into her. According to picture, bike lane is in its usual place on the left. If the passenger opened the door into her, based on the article description, the driver should also have gotten a ticket, or maybe the passenger, for not exiting curbside.

  • Vooch

    she did cause the car pain and suffering

    I totally forgot. How insensituve of me not to consider the poor car

  • walks bikes drives

    Get with it, man.

    Did you move to the east side?

  • Reader

    Does Mayor de Blasio still think it’s okay to stop in bike lanes so long as it’s just for a minute to drop someone off?

  • That is actually the law. Drivers can make “expeditious” stops to unload passengers.

    Join Transportation Alternatives or at least show up at meetings in any of the five boroughs and maybe you can play a role in changing this.

  • Reader

    That’s not the law. A driver may not park, stand, or stop a vehicle within or otherwise obstruct a bike lane.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/bicyclerules_fy08_english.pdf

    A driver may, however, double park on streets without a bike lane so long as it’s for an expeditious delivery.

    I’m a TA member and volunteer, thanks.

  • David Meyer

    Thanks for the tip. Text has been corrected.

  • jeremy

    X-town PBLs NEEDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Canonchet

    Recently visited Australia, where all taxis have warnings on the inside of the passenger doors to look out for oncoming bikes before opening the door. Rental cars have similar mandatory warnings on the insides of the front passenger and driver-side doors.

  • Vooch

    It would be trivial to install PBL on 72nd entire length of island.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    That should happen but doesn’t help anyone in the Flatiron district.

  • Vooch

    true

    so perhaps also on 14th as part of peopleway project

    and 116th

    as a start

  • Alan
  • Ken Dodd

    “NYPD’s description of the crash incorrectly said the victim was female” – christ they are so disrespectful and incompetent.

  • Andrew

    That is actually the law. Drivers can make “expeditious” stops to unload passengers.

    In bike lanes? Not according to anything I see here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/trafrule.pdf

    Section 4-08(e)(9) designates bicycle lanes as no-stopping zones, where “No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle … unless otherwise indicated by posted signs, markings or other traffic control devices, or at the direction of a law enforcement officer.”

    Section 4-08(f)(1) permits, under limited conditions, double parking on the roadway side of a bicycle lane, but not inside one.

    Section 4-11(c)(6) explicitly excludes bicycle lanes from the general permission granted to “Operators of taxis, commuter vans and for-hire vehicles” to “temporarily stop their vehicles to expeditiously pick up or discharge passengers at the curb in areas where standing or parking is prohibited.”

    Section 4-12(p)(2) specifies the limited conditions in which it is legal to operate a motor vehicle in a bicycle lane, but only if it does not “interfere with the safety and passage of persons operating bicycles thereon.”

    The only exception I see, in section 4-02(d)(1)(iii)(B), is granted to “The operator of a refuse collection vehicle working on behalf of the City of New York … while loading refuse, subject to §1102 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.” That’s a pretty limited exception. Am I missing something?

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