Wrestler Matt Travis Struck And Killed While Riding A Bicycle
So far in 2019, 28 cyclists have lost their lives in traffic accidents in New York City. That number is compared to a total of 10 for all of 2018. The National Transportation Safety Board recently released a report recommending that all 50 states pass laws requiring bicyclists wear helmets. However, advocates in New York say that helmets may not be enough. They are also calling for New York to follow another recommendation from the NTSB: improve infrastructure to make cyclists more visible and reduce fatalities. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city planners have a $58.4 million plan to include more protected lanes and more police enforcement at high-crash intersections.
Heavy reports that a wrestler making his way on the independent circuit was hit and killed while riding a bicycle in East Harlem.
On November 9th, Matt Travis was riding his bicycle when he was struck by a dump truck. The 25-year-old professional wrestler, whose full name is Matt Travis Palacios, was riding his bike in East Harlem when a dump truck made an illegal turn, striking him.
Travis was rushed to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Travis has been pursuing a professional wrestling career since 2016. He trained at the House of Glory wrestling school in Queens. He was active in competition at House of Glory Wrestling, Game Changer Wrestling, and Combat Zone Wrestling, all located in the northeast.
According to police, Travis was riding his bicycle south on a bike path coming from the Willis Avenue Bridge in East Harlem at about 2:30 a.m. A Kenworth dump truck was traveling south on 1st Avenue when it made an illegal left turn onto East 125th Street.
The driver fled from the scene and has not been identified. The truck was last seen heading north on the Willis Avenue Bridge.
Travis was the 28th cyclist to die in a traffic accident this year.