BROOKLYN, NY – September 15, 2020 – According to an online news article posted on streetsblog.org, a 29-year-old bicyclist was tragically struck and killed by a motorist along Ocean Parkway. The victim is the 13th pedestrian to be killed while riding a bicycle so far in 2020. The victim is also the fourth fatality in September.
According to law enforcement, the cyclist was biking eastbound along Avenue N. The cyclist then attempted cross Ocean Parkway using the crosswalk. At that moment, the bicyclist was hit by a 38-year-old driver of a Camaro SS that was traveling northbound. The pedestrian accident occurred at approximately 12:30 am. Paramedics transported the cyclist to Maimonides Hospital, where the cyclist passed away from his personal injuries. The victim’s name has not been released.
Law enforcement officers stated that the driver of the car might have had the green light. An NYPD spokeswoman stated that the investigators have not determined if excessive speeding or if distracted driving caused the fatal pedestrian accident. The NYPD spokeswoman did not give evidence leading to the initial conclusion that the motorist had a green light. Some safety advocates have voiced their concern regarding city officials and law enforcement casting blame on accident victims before the conclusion of accident investigations.
Over the past two years, there have been 36 accidents at the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Avenue N. These accidents caused over 22 injuries, including injuries to three pedestrians and three bicyclists. The stretch of Ocean Parkway starting at Church Avenue and ending at Avenue Z has seen over 390 accidents in the past 12 months. These accidents have resulted in over 130 personal injuries, including injuries to 25 pedestrians and 15 cyclists.
Law enforcement officers stated no one had been arrested in the accident, and the accident investigation is ongoing.
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