9th Precinct Tickets Cyclists One Block From Where Kelly Hurley Was Struck and Killed

Officers are handing out fines for infractions that are completely unrelated to the fatal crash.

As news of her death spread yesterday and today, Kelly Hurley's friends and acquaintances paid tribute to her life by placing flowers at the site where she was struck. Photo: Doug Gordon
As news of her death spread yesterday and today, Kelly Hurley's friends and acquaintances paid tribute to her life by placing flowers at the site where she was struck. Photo: Doug Gordon

As news spread yesterday that Kelly Hurley, 31, had died from injuries inflicted by a left-turning box truck driver at First Avenue and East 9th Street last week, her friends placed bouquets in her memory at the corner where she was struck.

Today, one block north of that memorial, officers from the Ninth Precinct were ticketing cyclists. Doug Gordon documented the sting on Twitter:

Gordon reports that police were citing cyclists for red light violations at 10th Street, where, he notes, a construction closure has eliminated conflicts between cyclists and cross traffic — a favored tactic for police looking to nab people on bikes.

Red light running has nothing to do with the crash that claimed Hurley’s life. She would have had a green when the truck driver ran her over, since the intersection design requires cyclists and turning drivers to negotiate the same space at the same time.

The local precinct in Sunnyside reacted the same way earlier this week, ticketing people on bikes after one cyclist was killed and another critically injured within 10 days:

NYPD’s stock response to motorists running over vulnerable people was also in full effect this January on Grand Street and Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn after a slew of traffic fatalities in the first two weeks of the year.

  • Vooch

    get nypd out of their cars and walking a beat

  • New Yorker

    Bill de Blasio’s version of Vision Zero might be the only one in the world that winds up with more cyclists being killed than before. Pretty shameful stuff.

  • KeNYC2030

    At every public forum between now and the election, de Blasio needs to be asked why he is allowing this to happen, how this is furthering the cause of getting to Zero.

  • david

    It’s just easier to ticket bikers. I think they should be ticketed for improper cycling, but cars need to be addressed as well.

  • Lameist

    Something about this tragedy looks like the fault is on both commuters.
    Going by Kelly’s occupation as a Soulcycle instructor, she probably
    thought she could beat the Truck to the light, assuming it would slow
    down as it made the turn, but unfortunately misjudged it as the truck
    driver was probably thinking the same thing about beating the biker to
    the corner.

    9th street and 1st merge lane does not have a bike traffic signal and a direction signal like those on Broadway in Midtown. Somehow, our last and current mayor did not order the DOT to provide these things to all those new bike lanes installed on 2nd and 1st avenues in the East Village and Kips Bay.

    If those traffic lights were there, Kelly would have had the green and proceeded and the truck would have had to wait for the light to change and vice versa. And this tragedy would have been avoided and this arbitrary enforcement would be unnecessary.

  • Erin

    I agree that putting in a red or blinking yellow to car traffic with a green bike light might have prevented this, but only maybe. There’s a new split signal light configuration that I go through every day on Hoyt/27 in Astoria which is very busy and I have cars turning left against the red at least 3 of the average 10 times I pass that intersection.
    Regardless, she did have the right of way, and her speed probably didn’t have much to do with it, considering that far more pedestrians are murdered by turning vehicles than bikes.

  • Puro

    Very smart police. /s