Driver Struck A Woman On A Bicycle. The Woman’s Current Condition Is Unclear.
In 2018, there were just 10 tragedies in which cyclists in New York City were killed in traffic accidents. Many were hailing it as a success of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative. Unfortunately, 2019 was much less kind to the bicyclists of New York. At the end of the year, that number had almost tripled to 29. Advocates and safety groups came forward, demanding to make New York City streets safer for the millions of bicyclists. One proposal is already in action: allowing bicyclists to go with pedestrian traffic at intersection traffic lights. There are also plans to extend and create new bike lanes.
AM NY reports that a bicyclist was left in serious condition following a collision with a dollar van near Kings Plaza.
The incident occurred near the Kings Shopping Plaza in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
According to police, a 42-year-old male was driving an F450 dollar van on Avenue U at about 5:10 P.M. on March 7th. He made a right turn onto Flatbush Avenue. As he did so, he veered towards the curb to pick up a passenger. As he was picking up the passenger, he struck the female on the purple bicycle.
For a distance, the driver of the van drove on with the bicycle and the victim under the van. According to police, the driver opened the door and attempted to flee, but civilians were able to keep him at the scene until Highway Patrol Officers arrived along with officers from the 63rd Precinct.
The condition of the victim is not immediately clear. Police said that she did suffer from life-threatening injuries. Other sources said that she may have lost one of her legs.