A man delivering pizza was critically injured in a bicycle accident in Manhattan. The accident took place on the Lower East Side around 6:30 pm yesterday night. A 21 year old driver, identified by the police as Dylan Penalo, was driving his car West on Delancey Street when he struck the cyclist who was riding South on Columbia Street, just where the underpass of the Williamsburg bridge is located.
The bicycle and the front of the sedan were destroyed causing critical harm to the victim
The impact was brutal, critically injuring the victim who is believed to be in his 40ies. The front of the car was partially destroyed as well. The windshield was destroyed and so was the front grille of the car. The driver took off on foot leaving the victim critically injured on the ground behind him. He later on returned and surrendered to the police. He was also transported to the hospital after he complained about wrist pain. Penalo who is now in police custody, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with a serious injury, reckless endangerment and assault.
The victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. His name was not released. (read more in the NY Daily News)
Leftover snow piles from the recent storm make cycling and driving more difficult in NYC
There is still a lot snow in New York City streets making bicycling conditions particularly difficult for workers who have no other resources but to use their bicycle. Visibility too can be altered by snow piles on the side of the road. Drivers should slow down and exercise extra caution while driving in the city, especially at night when visibility gets even worse.
Picture of the location of the collision between the car and the cyclist: courtesy of Google Map