A bicyclist died after being struck by a truck in Harlem, New York on Friday morning around 8:30 am
The driver of the truck was driving illegally on the bus-only lane on First Avenue near 118th Street when he struck the 41 year old bicyclist. The police also mentioned that the bicyclist was riding the wrong way. The truck driver stayed at the scene of the accident and was asked to submit himself to the breathalyzer which came out negative. He was not charged despite recklessly travelling on the bus lane while he was supposed to drive on the 3 other traffic lanes of First Ave.
While looking at past traffic violations, the truck has a a history of recklessness with 159 violations since 2014 including red lights and speeding. The cyclist seemed to have been crushed between the truck and a car that was illegally parked in front of a “No Standing Anytime” sign. The victim is the 24th bicyclists to die in a traffic accident this year. He is also was one of two victims who died in a traffic accident in East Harlem this week-end. Read more in the Gothamist
Less than 24h hours later, a pedestrian was killed a few blocks away by a hit and run driver
A 51 year old construction worker and a father of four who was crossing the intersection of East 110th Street and Third Avenue on Saturday around 12:55 am was hit by an unidentified driver behind the wheel of a 2020 white Honda Accord driving North on Third Avenue. After the car hit the victim, it fled away but then the driver lost control and flipped on the side. The driver was able to get out of it and ran away on foot leaving Manuel Jose Enealada-Villa dying in the street. When EMS showed up they pronounced the man dead at the scene of the accident. The police are still looking for the reckless driver.
Read more in the Gothamist