WYANDANCH, NY- Patch.com writes that an accident involving a cyclist and a car took place on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. The collision killed the cyclist, 39-year-old Alcides Membreno-Vigil, of Wyandanch, who was cycling on Grand Boulevard at about 7:30 in the morning.*
The victim was hit by a 2014 Dodge Ram close to the intersection of Deer Street. The Dodge was driven by 30-year-old Kevin Coyle, who did not suffer any injuries.
Membreno-Vigil was taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center where he was declared dead.
Crashes between cyclists and cars are often fatal for the cyclists. Across the United States, 840 people died in cycling accidents in 2016. Cycling is a more common form of transportation in the United States than it was in the past. Many people are now using bikes as a part of their morning commutes. It is important for both cyclists and motorists to understand that cyclists have both the rights and the responsibilities as other vehicles on the road.
One way for cyclists to increase their safety is to use a helmet. Cyclists should also be aware that biking at night is more hazardous as most deaths take place between 6 and 9 in the evening. Bright colored clothing, reflective gear, and lights can help make cyclists more visible to cars on the road, and therefore decrease the chances of them being involved in crashes. More of these crashes happen in urban areas than in rural places.
Alcohol also plays a role in many fatal cycling accidents. About 35 percent of all fatal cycling accidents involve a cyclist or driver who is under the influence of alcohol.
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