MANHATTAN, N.Y. — Officers from the New York Police Department arrested a 52-year-old Queens resident for striking a bicycle rider while operating an oil delivery truck on February 4, 2019 and driving away from the scene. The bicycle rider died from injuries sustained in the accident. The Gothamist.com stated that the accident scene was located at West 45th Street and 8th Avenue. New York Police issued charges for misdemeanor offenses. NYPD referred questions about charging decisions to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
New York Police Officers charged the 52-year-old oil truck driver with failing to use caution and failing to yield to a cyclist for his role in the crash that killed a 72-year-old bike rider. The crash was around 6:00 a.m. on February 4, 2019. The location of the crash was about one block away from Times Square. Police said that the oil truck driver hit the bike rider and proceeded to drive away from the scene of the crash. The Gothamist did not say how police identified the truck driver.
The oil truck driver now faces two misdemeanor charges. The maximum sentence for the charge is a fine of $500.00 and incarceration for 30 days. When the Gothamist sought an explanation from NYPD about the lack of a charge reflecting leaving the scene of death or injury or another charge, an NYPD spokesperson said referred the media to the Manhattan DA’s office. When asked, the DA’s office representative said that the office was not aware of the case because the oil truck driver had not been arraigned. The man received a desk appearance ticket and there was no information available when the driver would face a judge.
The Gothamist reported that the oil company for whom the 52-year-old driver worked was involved in three motor vehicle deaths in a two-year span. The oil delivery company is based in Queens.
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