MANHATTAN, N.Y. — A bicycle delivery rider ran a red light on 57thStreet between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue and slammed into a 67-year-old woman who was in the crosswalk. The collision caused the pedestrian to slam her head into the pavement, which caused her to suffer a severe head injury. The critically injured pedestrian required emergency surgery. According to CBS New York, she is in critical, albeit stable condition, at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Police charged the bicycle delivery rider with recklessness.
New York City Police officers issued a summons to the 40-year-old bicycle rider for recklessness after crashing into the female pedestrian. Witnesses said the rider ran a red light and hit the 67-year-old woman who had just purchased lunch. The woman worked for a company whose office is nearby. Her employer told CBS New York that he believes all New Yorkers are in danger from being struck by bike riders who are simply out of control and ride like they are above the law. Understanding the need for accountability for bicycle riders, the employer argued that bicycles should be registered and bear a license plate like a motor vehicle.
People who work in Midtown Manhattan sing a familiar refrain. Several people told CBS New York that they are tired of bicycle riders ignoring the rules of the road and driving through red lights and the wrong way on one-way streets consistently. The rogue bicycle riders’ reckless behavior endangers the people walking in the crosswalks who have patiently waited for the light to change. As a result of the terrible bicycle versus pedestrian accident that left the crosswalk bloodied, New York City Police officers were out in force with a design to ticket all riders who violated any rules of the road.
Reckless bicycle riding carries a maximum penalty of a $250.00 fine or an order to perform community service.
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