Teen Cyclist Dies In Staten Island Crash, 16th Cyclist Death This Year
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative seemed to be working, with deaths of pedestrians falling in 2018. Unfortunately, for bicyclists, New York City is still a dangerous place to be cycling. In 2018, there were a total of 10 cyclists killed throughout the year. So far in 2019, there have been 15 killed. Three of those deaths came in a one-week period. Each day, thousands of cyclists take to New York’s roads as couriers, messengers, and delivery drivers. Thousands more use bicycles to commute to and from work. Most recently, 1,000 cyclists gathered to bring attention to the epidemic.
The New York Post reports that a 17-year-old has died in a Staten Island crash, bringing cyclist fatalities this year to 16.
A 17-year-old male was riding his green GT mountain bike alongside his brother. They were heading eastward on Castleton Avenue in West Brighton. It was about noon Tuesday when he ran a red light at Clove Road.
The teenager slammed on his brakes and fell from his bike. He was then hit by a tow truck being driven by an unnamed 38-year-old. The truck is operated by L&S Towing.
The boy was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center with serious injuries. According to authorities, he could not be saved.
The driver of the tow truck remained on scene and cooperated with authorities. The victim’s brother was able to stop on time and was not hurt.
No arrests in the accident have been made and police are still investigating.