A NYC child riding a bike in a crosswalk was killed by a motorist who failed to yield while making a left turn. The accident occurred on Saturday morning around 10:30 am in Brooklyn, NYC. 10 year old Dalerjon Shahobidinov was on his bike in the crosswalk on Foster Avenue when 29 year old Victor Mejia made a left turn from Seton Place and recklessly slammed into him. Mejia stayed at the scene of the accident. The police found that he was driving without a license and charged him with failure to exercise due care, failure to yield and driving without a license. The driver who never applied for a license, has a long history of reckless driving with 22 summonses that include two running red lights.
24 bicyclists killed in NYC in 2019
Dalerjon was a fourth grade student at PS 134 and has 3 other siblings. When the accident occurred he was riding with a group of friends with whom he was playing soccer in Prospect Park. The child is the 24th cyclist to die in a traffic accident in New York City this year. The victim before him was a senior e-bike rider. 62 year old Abul Bashar was a delivery cyclist for a restaurant. He was struck by a private sanitation truck on September 8th and could never recover from his injuries. He died on September 18th.
After the Brooklyn bicycle accident, Transportation Alternatives, a street safety advocacy group, renewed its demand to Mayor de Blasio and City Council members to pass the “Master Plan” proposed by Council Speaker Corey Johnson. The “Master Plan” is a street safety program. If the plan was passed, one of the plan requirement is for the DOT to add 50 miles of protected bike lanes across the city every year.
Read more in NYC Streetblog
Picture of the location of the fatal bicycle accident: courtesy of Google Map