Allegedly Unlicensed Truck Driver Kills Cyclist in Sunnyside

Image: WNBC
Image: WNBC

An allegedly unlicensed tractor-trailer driver killed a cyclist in Queens this morning.

The victim, a 34-year-old woman, was riding west on 56th Road in Sunnyside when the driver hit her while turning right onto 48th Street, according to NYPD and Gothamist. The crash happened at around 8:45. NYPD had not released the victim’s identity as of this afternoon pending family notification.

Police charged the truck driver with driving with a revoked license, an NYPD spokesperson told Streetsblog. The department withheld the driver’s name.

The Post reported that the victim died at Elmhurst Hospital.

56th Road at 48th Street. Image: Google Maps
56th Road at 48th Street. Image: Google Maps

New York City motorists have killed at least six people walking and biking in the last eight days, and seriously injured several more. Last night a driver hit a couple on Main Street in Flushing, critically injuring both victims. On Tuesday a 3-year-old boy was hospitalized when a driver struck him with an SUV in Jackson Heights. A driver injured two people on a sidewalk in Borough Park early this morning. Last Thursday a driver hit a couple as they crossed the street in Borough Park, critically injuring 62-year-old Shimon Zelig Schenfeld. No charges were reported filed in any of those cases.

This morning’s fatal crash occurred in the 108th Precinct, and in the City Council district represented by Elizabeth Crowley.

We’ll post more details as they become available.

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    Many lives could be saved if motor vehicles had to come to a complete stop before making a turn.

  • “New York City motorists have killed at least six people walking and biking in the last eight days, and seriously injured several more. Last night a driver hit a couple on Main Street in Flushing, critically injuring both victims. On Tuesday a 3-year-old boy was hospitalized when a driver struck him with an SUV in Jackson Heights. A driver injured two people on a sidewalk in Borough Park early this morning. Last Thursday a driver hit a couple as they crossed the street in Borough Park, critically injuring 62-year-old Shimon Zelig Schenfeld. No charges were reported filed in any of those cases.”

    What a list. Just terrible. One would think that a mayor who ran on Vision Zero would at least issue a statement about this.

  • c2check

    It’s come to me hoping BdB or Bratton get hit by a car.
    That seems like the only way to get them to take the action this deserves.

    I used to be such a nice boy, but now! :'(

  • djx

    It’s bizarre. You can be ticketed for things like not having a license or (rarely) running a red light. But there is no punishment for the actual killing.

    Imagine if we dealt with bank robberies that way? “Do you have a license for that gun? No? Oh, then you’re in trouble for that. The actual robbery – not so much.”

  • Alexander Vucelic

    Bratton and Trottenberg have blood on their hands

  • Bobberooni

    Before we jump to conclusions about the unlicensed truck driver….

    1. There are different “kinds” of unlicensed drivers. Was this driver some kid who didn’t know how to drive a truck? Or someone whose commercial license expired last month and forgot to renew it? That makes a big difference in the court of law.

    2. Was the truck being driven in a careless or reckless manner?

    Let’s go after obvious reckless driving, like the crazy unlicensed car driver
    speeding 50mph in the Bronx and killing people on the sidewalk.

    > Many lives could be saved if motor vehicles had to come to a
    > complete stop before making a turn.

    3. This was an 18-wheeler, it almost certainly did come to a complete or almost-complete stop. 18-wheelers take a LONG time to turn right. The biker was probably trying to pass it on the right, with predictable and tragic consequences. These kinds of accidents are preventable. But bikers (of which I am one) need to know how to prevent them, and take precautions. Unfortunately, I’ve seen far too many bikers who are almost certainly licensed drivers, but who seem to forget all rules and principles of the road once they get on a bike.

  • armyvet00

    Why would the truck come to a stop when there is no stop sign?

  • steveP

    From Newsday: A tractor trailer driver from Miller Place was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, driving while ability impaired by drugs and a number of traffic infractions after he struck and killed a female bicyclist Wednesday morning in Maspeth, Queens, police said.

    Looks like there is plenty of reason to start judging the driver currently.

  • ahwr
  • armyvet00

    I was speaking to the idea that the cyclist is at fault because the truck stopped, which seems to be a faulty assumption on OP’s part. Without a stop sign it is certain the truck did not stop.

  • Phil Emmerton

    Truck companies should hire only licensed & well experienced truck drivers to do the task. As It is better to safe than sorry.

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