A cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run tractor trailer accident in New York City on Thanksgiving day. The victim was riding her bike East on Liberty Avenue near the intersection of the Van Wick Expressway Service Road in Queens, NYC when she was struck by a tractor trailer truck making a left turn onto the Van Wick Expressway Service Road.
The victim, a 43 year old woman, was knocked down from her bicycle, and fell under the truck where she got trapped. She was then dragged several feet by the truck. The truck driver never stopped. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The truck driver who was behind the wheel of a 2014 Kenworth T8 Series tractor trailer truck is a 48 -year old man who was later on identified by the police. The accident is still being investigated by the police. The intersection of Liberty Avenue and Van Wick Expressway is extremely dangerous, especially for people on micro mobility devices.
Tractor trailers are also among the most dangerous vehicles for cyclists and pedestrians in New York City.
Recently two other women riding a bicycle in New York City were killed in tractor trailer truck accidents. Last month in Brooklyn, 25 year old Kala Santiago, a mother of two young children, was fatally struck by a big rig driver who did not yield to her and decided to overpass her with oncoming traffic in the other direction. As a result the driver crushed the victim to death between his own truck and another parked truck. (see previous blog)
Only a few months ago, a 28 year old woman riding a Citibike on an Upper East Side residential street was also crushed to death by a tractor trailer. The victim identified as Carling Mott was living just a few blocks away from where she died. (see previous blog)
Read more in the NY Post
Picture of the location of the deadly tractor trailer truck accident: courtesy of Google Map