Cyclist Seriously Injured on Queensboro Bridge Bike Approach [Updated]

Nothing to investigate here, says NYPD.

A cyclist was seriously hurt in a Thursday morning crash when he was struck by a motorist, on or near the bike path that leads to the Queensboro Bridge.

The crash happened near Queens Plaza South and 29th Street at approximately 7:28 a.m. The victim, a 31-year-old male, suffered head trauma and was taken to Cornell Hospital in serious condition, according to an FDNY spokesperson.

A photo from the scene, sent in by a reader, shows a Ford Taurus on the bike path, with a smashed windshield and damage to the roof, and the bike on the median a few feet off the path. Judging from the lack of a front license plate, it appears the car is not registered in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.

A spokesperson at NYPD told us that, since the victim is not known to be dead and the driver remained at the scene, “We wouldn’t have any paperwork, because there’s no criminality.” Assuming the victim survives, or even if he does not, this crash is likely one of thousands to go uninvestigated or under-investigated by NYPD.

If you have any information on this crash, let us know.

This crash occurred in the 108th Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Captain Donald T. Powers, the commanding officer, go 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 St., 1st Floor. Call the precinct at 718-784-5420 for information.

The City Council district where this crash occurred is represented by Jimmy Van Bramer. To encourage Van Bramer to take action to improve street safety in his district and citywide, contact him at 212-788-7370, at or @JimmyVanBramer.

Update from a reader, sent to us on August 13: “I was at the scene before this picture was taken and a few minutes after the crash occurred. At that time the car was on the roadway as was the bike and cyclist. I am fairly certain this cyclist was hit on the roadway not the bike path.”

  • Long Time Reader

    You have got to be fucking kidding me. This doesn’t get investigated?

  • Rob

    Gawd, when are they going to drop this stupid “lack of criminal intent = no criminality”…

  • Well, the cyclist shouldn’t have been ::mumble mumble:: – serves him right. 

    A driver staying at the scene of an accident does not clear a driver of all charges or does not relieve the NYPD’s duty to fill out a full accident report. What can we do about the NYPD breaking the law here? Is there legal recourse?

  • Was the driver literally in the bike path? What is this picture showing?

  • Daniel Winks


    How is this not getting investigated??

    How is this murderous (or attempted murder) driver not rotting in jail for 10+ years?

  • moocow

    Wait, are you or are you not a long time reader?

  • Voter

    Mayor Bloomberg talks a tough talk on guns, but then again he’s not really in a position to do anything about federal gun control so I guess he can talk all he wants.  

    He is, however, in a position to do something about deadly driving in his city, but then again he doesn’t seem tough enough to tell Ray Kelly to do his job.  What a shame.

  • Joe R.

    I’m totally dumbfounded at this. The car wasn’t even supposed to be on the bike path. How can the police not do something here? And why aren’t bollards put at the ends of the bike path specifically to keep cars out?

  • How much higher can we set the bar for criminality?  You drive your car on to a clearly designated bicycle path and it’s all okay with the cops because you didn’t drive off and you didn’t kill the cyclist?  How about reckless driving, violation of some obscure law that cars don’t belong on separated bicycle lanes?  If the car had hit driven up on to a sidewalk and hit someone, the story would have garnered a headline in the Daily News or Post or Marcia Kramer would have covered it.  Oy gevalt!

  • Anonymous

    Are we sure this happened on the bike path? Maybe the car pulled onto it after to get out of the way of traffic? Either way this needs investigating. I ride through Queens Plaza every day and even though there have been significant improvements in the biking infrastructure there in the past year or so, drivers are still horribly reckless. I see cars blowing reds all the time… lots of traffic cops… and never any enforcement.

  • vnm

    “Lack of criminal intent = no criminality” applies only to cars, only in NYC. If you drive in the suburbs this recklessly, I suspect you get summonsed automatically. If you operate a crane or any other type of heavy machinery in NYC and you injure your co-worker, you get put on trial.  

  • Guest

    This sentence says quite a lot: “We wouldn’t have any paperwork, because there’s no criminality.”

    But there is criminality, by the NYPD if nobody else.  Since the NYPD is required by law to investigate these crashes, their ongoing illegal actions, which contribute to a threat to public safety, constitute criminal negligence.

    When will the DAs start prosecuting the NYPD for putting us in danger when they make deliberate decisions to break the law?  Put Ray Kelly on trial already!

  • Guest

    I should have said… 
    The lack of paperwork by the NYPD is, in itself, criminality.

  • Anonymous

    Please…whatever you do…please don’t tell me the driver thought that was the street. Otherwise, the blame game will go on forever…NYPD, DOT, the Driver..

  • Guest

    Isn’t it still assault?  I saw this guy accidentally ride over a nypd officers foot, and he cried assault. The NYPD Officer was not known to be dead, either.  He was limping.

  • Penk

    i was passing this accident probably just a minute after it happens because there was no ambulance. i saw car and biker in second line of roadway not on bike path(on picture behind cop car). biker was in awkward position bleeding badly from back of his head and had lots of cut on his legs. there were five (i believe becoming  traffic) cops above him and one of them was trying to stop bleeding and i saw another cop running to here (i guess supervisor). its normal there that you have walk signal and cars still coming..