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Five Bicyclists Have Died From Traffic Accidents In New York So Far This Year

Throughout all of 2018, there were 10 cyclists killed on the streets of New York City. In 2019, that number had more than doubled. Although Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero has the lofty goal of no traffic deaths, it seems that cyclists were cast by the wayside. To curb the number of cyclist deaths, a $58.4 million five-year plan called the “Green Wave” was introduced. The plan intends to add more bike lanes, redesign intersections, and enforce existing traffic laws. 

2020 has seen fewer bicyclist fatalities so far though there have been several pedestrian accidents this year. However, bicyclists are still putting their lives at risk on the streets of New York. 

NYC Streetsblog reports that a Bronx cyclist was killed by a motorist on Willis Avenue. 

The bicyclist is the fifth cyclist to be killed in a traffic collision this year. The crash occurred Friday at about 7:45 p.m. in the bike lane on Willis Avenue. Ivan Morales was biking southbound when he collided with a 2013 Lexus that was traveling eastbound on East 138th Street. 

Morales suffered from severe head and bodily injuries in the crash. 

The NYPD did not report whether it was Morales or the driver of the Lexus who ran the red light. The driver remained at the scene and was there when the police began their investigation. 

Morales succumbed to his injuries on Monday. 

Last year, there were 23 collisions at that intersection. One pedestrian was killed, and two others injured. Nine motorists were also injured in the collision.

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