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.

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