19th Cyclist Killed This Year In NYC
Throughout 2018, New York City had a total of 10 cyclist deaths. That number has already risen to 19 as of August 12th. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is running for president, finally admitted that there was a crisis back in July. This prompted a plan called Green Wave: A Plan for Cycling in New York City. The New York Department of Transportation will implement signal timing, which will change the timing of traffic signals, which are currently timed for cars. The DOT has also stated that by 2021, they will establish 80 new bike lane miles. By 2030, they plan to have a citywide protected bike network.
CBS Local New York reports that a 19th cyclist has died in New York City.
At around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday in Milwood, a 52-year-old man riding a bicycle was struck and killed. The accident occurred after a gray car traveling south on Coney Island Avenue ran a red light, T-boning a blue SUV that was driving east on Avenue L. The SUV spun out of control, striking Jose Alzorriz.
Alzorriz suffered from severe traumatic head injuries and was not able to be saved. The driver of the SUV and a pedestrian were also injured.
Those who were friends with Alzorriz said that he always impressed upon them the importance of staying in the bike lane and wearing a helmet. He was also always reminding them to obey the rules of the road.
The 18-year-old driver who ran the red light was released after being held overnight. He was not intoxicated, and he had a valid license. He will be charged, but the District Attorney told police the office wanted them to take a few more steps.