Motorist Kills Cyclist on Broadway on the Upper West Side [Updated]
A motorist struck and killed a cyclist on Broadway near W. 89th Street this afternoon.
The crash occurred at around 12:10 p.m. The driver was northbound on Broadway and struck the cyclist, who had swerved to avoid a parked vehicle and was also northbound, according to NYPD. Police did not specify if the parked vehicle was occupying a legal space.
The victim, whose identity had not been released as of mid-afternoon, died at Mount Sinai West Hospital, police said. West Side Rag reported the victim’s age as 59.
A tipster told us people at the scene said the victim was a delivery worker, but NYPD could not confirm that detail. The driver was not immediately ticketed or arrested and the investigation is ongoing.
NYPD said the motorist was operating a box truck, but a Honda minivan and a bike were cordoned by police tape at the scene. It is not unusual for NYPD to disseminate incorrect information concerning serious traffic crashes, especially in the early stages of an investigation.
Through the first nine months of this year, motorists had killed 17 cyclists on New York City streets, three more than than the number of people killed while riding bikes in all of 2015.
Also in Rosenthal’s district today, a motorist struck two pedestrians at Columbus Avenue and W. 96th Street at around 11 a.m., and one of the victims may lose a leg, according to WNBC.
In a third crash a 72-year-old man was killed by a hit-and-run driver in the Bronx this morning, WNBC reported.
We’ll post more information on these crashes as it becomes available.