Collision with Vehicle Claims Bicycle Rider’s Life on Long Island
HUNTINGTON STATION, Long Island, N.Y. — Law enforcement officers from Long Island opened an investigation into a fatal collision involving a motor vehicle and a bicycle rider. According to a report appearing online on nypost.com, the 32-year-old bicycle rider rode along Route 110 and approached the intersection of Jericho Turnpike when a 2015 Nissan Rogue traveling south collided with the bike rider. First responders raced the severely injured rider to Huntington Hospital. Sadly, physicians at the hospital were unable to save the man’s life. The operator of the 2015 Nissan Rogue, a 48-year-old man, did not suffer any injuries in the incident. Police have yet to determine in which direction the bicycle was traveling at the time of the crash. The police did not arrest the driver of the SUV.
Bicycle riders die or sustain severe injuries on New York’s roads at an alarming rate. According to statistics generated by the New York State Department of Transportation, 15,767 pedestrians and bicycle riders sustained injuries in collisions on New York roads in 2018. The state saw 936 total fatalities in 2018 and 272, or 29% were pedestrians or bicycle riders. An astounding 42% of all fatal pedestrian accidents in 2018 statewide happened in New York City. About one-quarter of the total accidents happened on Long Island. The remainder occurred in upstate New York.
The New York State DOT assigned four human factors as the principal causes of pedestrian crashes. An astounding 32% of all pedestrian crashes occurred because of driver inattention, and 33% of all crashes happened after the motorist failed to yield the right of way. Backing was attributed to only six percent of pedestrian and bicycle crashes. The remaining 22% of all other crashes were primarily caused by pedestrian error or confusion.
The total number of roadway fatalities in New York State, including New York City, was the lowest since 2014. The deadliest year out of the last five was 2015, when 1,116 people died on New York’s streets.
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