Young Boy Killed Riding His Bicycle In Crosswalk By Inattentive Driver
In all of 2018, New York City saw 10 cyclists die in traffic accidents. 2/3 of the way through 2019, that number is already more than doubled to 24. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative has come under scrutiny in the wake of these fatalities. The mayor has promised that the Department of Transportation will be making changes to improve safety for cyclists. These changes include more biking lanes, allowing bicyclists to proceed with pedestrians at traffic lights, and increased enforcement of traffic laws by both drivers and cyclists. Some are unhappy and say that more changes need to be made.
The NYC Streets Blog reports that a 10-year-old boy on a bicyclist has been killed by an unlicensed driver.
10-year-old Dalerjon Shahobiddinov was riding his bike in the crosswalk on Foster Avenue at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. A driver behind the wheel of a Ford SUV that had Illinois plates was attempting to make a left onto Foster from Seton Place hit the young boy.
The boy was rushed to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
29-year-old Victor Meija, who was driving the SUV, remained on the scene. He was charged with driving without a license, failure to yield, and failure to exercise due care.
When searching violations attached to the car, 22 were discovered. Most were parking tickets, but there were two citations for running red lights.
According to records, pedestrian and bicyclist accidents are up by double-digit percentages this year in the city.