An 87 year old cyclist who was struck by a car in New York City last week died from his injuries. While the police blame the accident on the victim saying that he blew a red light, witnesses told the NY Daily News that the bicyclist had the right of way and that the car driver blew a red light.
The accident occurred last Tuesday at the intersection of Avenue P and Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. The cyclist was riding west on Avenue P and was struck by the car as he was in the crosswalk. One of the witness, a female pedestrian, told the News that she was also about to cross the street after the light turned green in favor of the pedestrians when a black minivan zoomed out of nowhere, ran the red light and hit the cyclist. The witness saw the cyclist falling on the top of the car and said there was blood everywhere. The 36-year-old driver stayed at the scene of the accident and was not charged. The police maintained he had the green light.
The elderly cyclist was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He died from his injuries a few days later.
Ocean Parkway is a very dangerous road in Brooklyn. With wide intersections and rampant speeding, accidents are common. Last year 22 cyclists, 34 pedestrians and 142 motorists were injured in 674 accidents on Ocean Parkway between Church Avenue and the Belt Parkway. Among them 11 people were injured in 39 crashes exactly at the intersection where the cyclist was struck according to Crashmapper.
While still very high, the number of accidents on Ocean Parkway declined over the last few years compared to the 847 accidents reported in 2014 before the city lowered the speed limit to 25mph and made some safety improvements as part of the Vision Zero Program.
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Picture of the location of the fatal bicycle accident: courtesy of Google Map