Truck strikes cyclist in Park Slope

A Citi Bike with its front fork ripped off was discarded in Park Slope after a box truck struck its rider.
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A box truck collided with a cyclist in Park Slope Tuesday morning, leaving the biker unconscious.

Surveillance footage shows the Citi Bike rider heading north along Fifth Avenue at shortly after 7:40 a.m., when a southbound delivery vehicle strikes him as he attempts to turn left onto Warren Street.

The biker was directly behind another northbound truck when he attempted the ill-fated turn. That vehicle appears to have obscured the biker from the truck — and vice versa, footage shows.

Following the collision, a woman can be seen attempting to communicate with the cyclist, who is either unconscious, or incapable of rising to his feet, surveillance footage provided courtesy of Fifth Avenue eatery Miriam and Milan Optique shows.

Paramedics transported the unconscious man to Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, according to a spokesman for the Fire Department, who could not provide any additional information regarding the cyclist’s condition.

A spokesman for the Police Department said medics transported the cyclist with only minor injuries, and that the accident is being investigated by the 78th Precinct.

Following the collision, a Citi Bike could be seen propped against a Fifth Avenue street light, its front fork ripped clean off the bike.

Vehicular collisions have claimed the lives of 15 New York City cyclists this year — including 11 deaths in Brooklyn — as compared to only 10 deaths citywide in 2018.

The crash occurred on the same morning that Citi Bike announced its scheme to expand further into Brooklyn, with new docks planned for Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Kensington, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace, Brownsville, and East Flatbush over the next three years, according to an AM New York report.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Paramedics rushed an unconcious Citi Bike rider to Methodist Hospital following a collision Tuesday.
Debris left on Fifth Avenue after a box truck collided with a Citi Bike rider.
Updated 1:42 pm, July 16, 2019
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Local from Here says:
"Truck strikes cyclist in Park Slope" So was it one of those new fangled driver-less trucks? More carnage from a self entitled motorist. S.S.D.D.
July 16, 2019, 12:34 pm
Local from Here says:
And here comes the overweight car nazis ready to blame everyone but the motorist...
July 16, 2019, 12:37 pm
Somebody from Somewhere says:
I say get rid of the bike lanes. Seems like every entitled snob in nyc has a vendetta against cars & trucks. Let me ask you this, how will you be able to get all of your everyday items & whatnot without them?
July 16, 2019, 12:39 pm
Local from Here says:
I say you're an idiot. Bike lanes aren't going away, in fact more and more will come. You and everyone else needs to adjust to a changing environment. If you cannot adapt, leave! That's what our racist idiot president says.
July 16, 2019, 12:49 pm
Jo from Brooklyn says:
simple driving a bike like an idiot no excuses...
July 16, 2019, 1:25 pm
Local from Here says:
Hey Jo, was that supposed to be a sentence? Nice word salad, bro.
July 16, 2019, 1:31 pm
Joe from There says:
Correction; Video shows the reckless cyclist hit the truck.
July 16, 2019, 1:50 pm
Local from Here says:
Ride like an idiot, get crushed by a truck. The sense of entitlement is so great in most staycationing cyclists that it overwhelms their survival instinct. Yes idiots, bad things will happen to you too if you ride like a moron and cut in front of trucks that can’t stop.
July 16, 2019, 2:09 pm
Me from Flatbush says:
How is this the truck drivers fault? The guy on the bike made a left turn without checking to see if there was oncoming traffic.
July 16, 2019, 2:13 pm
Long time resident from Park slope says:
It’s clear as day it was the bicyclists fault. He did not bother to look before turning. If you want to share the streets with motorist who pay insurance then you must follow the same rules. Yield to crossing traffic. Yield when changing lanes. Speed positioning. Lane positioning. Intersection positioning and follow all street signs, signals and markings.
July 16, 2019, 2:43 pm
Ben from Brooklyn says:
July 16, 2019, 2:58 pm
Fer from Fort Greene says:
I ride my bike daily and support more bike lanes and fewer cars in our streets. But this is the bicyclist fault 100%, how can you make a left without even looking??? Even the blue car could have crushed him!!!
July 16, 2019, 3:04 pm
Cyclist from Here says:
Take your rules and shove them. I’m saving the earth and can do whatever I please. All you people walking better stay out of my way or I’ll run you over and leave you with astronomical medical bills.
July 16, 2019, 3:07 pm
Local actually from Here says:
Just wait until these idiots start riding around on rental mopeds. They had better build some new hospitals ASAP.
July 16, 2019, 4:49 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Typical city practice. First you introduce bicycles to city streets in huge numbers without preparing motorists to coexist with them. Defensive driving course offers virtually no instructions how to deal with bicyclists. Some close minded people continuously blaming the bicyclists for any and all incidents but you wouldn't blame a child for running into the street between cars because you expect a motorists to look for things like that while riding through very populated areas. Same goes for bicyclists. Many bicyclists don't own drivers licenses so they were never prepared to share the road with cars. The city must wake up because if they don't do something about educating bicyclists, you could be assured that many more victims will follow.
July 16, 2019, 5:24 pm
Kaiser Warren Wilhelm from Chitty Hall, Iowa Office says:
Every cop in the city will now be reassigned to bike lane patrol.
July 16, 2019, 5:29 pm
Local actually from Here says:
Kaiser is correct, every cop in NYC should be ticketing rouge cyclists all day, every day, until they are brought to heel.
July 16, 2019, 8:32 pm
Wilbur D. Horse from Banannadale says:
Warren St begins at 5th Ave, and runs west towards 4th Ave and in the direction of Manhattan. So the cyclist is the one who made the left turn, across 5th Ave, in front of the southbound (SB) truck. There was no mention of a traffic control device (stop sign, traffic light, etc.) controlling this intersection, so the cyclist is the one who failed to yield. It was not clear, from the article, exactly WHO made the left turn, so I had to resort to Google Maps. We should not automatically assume that the motorist is Always to blame.
July 17, 2019, 6:14 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
The NYPD will give its standard commendation to the truck driver for their actions, fine the cyclist, and Mayor De Blasio will send a Vision Zero" greeting card through the mail from wherever the crap he happens to be at the moment.
July 17, 2019, 7:49 am
Alexandria Obtusio-Cretins from District 14 says:
We need to invest in the new green economy to sprinkle fairy dust on bikes so they can fly high above traffic.
July 17, 2019, 8:12 am
Michael from Park Slope says:
We bicycle riders have to remember that we are invisible. We weigh 200lbs to 300 lbs with our bikes, a truck like that weighs 5+ tons. It didn't look like there was anything the truck could have done to avoid the bicyclist. When you're riding a bike you have to be extra careful not to become visible at the wrong moment.
July 17, 2019, 10:08 am
Jo from Brooklyn says:
about time we need more cops ticketing these bikers....
July 17, 2019, 10:10 am
Local actually from Here says:
It's about time for Jo to learn sentence structure and grammar.
July 17, 2019, 10:12 am
Janet from Park Slope? says:
"Bike lane"? That's a stretch where motorists and cyclists are supposed to "share". Here everyone is probably at fault: a cyclist needs to know s/he is seen before attempting a turn across an avenue, and drivers also need to keep their eyes open.
July 17, 2019, 10:28 am
Frank from Furtet says:
Thank goodness for the tapes. I hope tge bike rider is ok so she can be ticketed for failure to yield. Thry added hundreds of speed cameras last week. There will be plenty of cars getting tickets. If you expect car drivers to obey the laws bike riders need to do so too. When you get into the habit of going willy nilly your willey will get hurt.
July 17, 2019, 10:36 am
Sage from Bayridge says:
There should be a road test and licenses for bike riders also they need to carry insurance like cars and truck if they share the road. If you hit a pedestrian or damage a vehicle how will anyone be compensated or made whole.
July 17, 2019, 10:38 am
Wally from Fort Greene says:
It sounds as if this biker, like so many, caused the accident. I agree woth Sage that it's well nigh time bikers are required to pass written and road tests to earn a license, that they have to pay for and have to carry insurance. Drivers are the victims of biker arrogance and ignorance. Regulate biking at the DMV or create a DBV to control bikers.
July 17, 2019, 12:32 pm
Sue from Park Slope says:
The video is really clear. The stupid biker cuts across a couple of lanes of traffic on his way to cutting across a couple of more lanes going the other way. The poor truck driver minding his own business and the rules of the road. Time to licence bikes and make them carry insurance. The trucker has a case against this careless biker.
July 17, 2019, 12:44 pm
Slope Cyclist from Park Slope says:
It is 100% true that cars and trucks get away with literal murder on the roads. Even if they are at fault and kill a biker, we treat them like "felling bad" is the punishment and let them go. They park in bike lanes with impunity. But... this one is the biker's fault, plain as day. They made a left turn in front of oncoming traffic that had the right of way! That's illegal whether you're in a car or on a bike.
July 17, 2019, 1:15 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
The video also shows that the truck was speeding.
July 17, 2019, 1:54 pm
Ken from Clinton Hill says:
all I can say the truck driver should sue the biker.
July 17, 2019, 2:07 pm
Sage from Bayridge says:
Henry ford please go back to sleep. This is very serious Mayor Bloomberg and deblasio installed bike lanes and put people in harm's way without any real structure. It is dangerous for everyone from pedestrians, bikers ,cars and trucks if this does not get the proper attentionand overhaul needed for everyone.
July 17, 2019, 2:10 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Sage from Bayridge, lick my rim. I better not see you walking around my neighborhood, a&&hole!
July 17, 2019, 2:18 pm
Bob Marvin from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
Drivers should always watch for cyclists and pedestrians, but in this instance the video makes it pretty clear that the cyclist failed to watch for oncoming traffic before turning, neglected to stop before attempting the left turn, and failed to signal his turn, It doesn't look as if the truck driver could have done anything to avoid hitting the cyclist. I'm not unsympathetic to cyclists. I used to be an avid bile rider and commuted to work in lower Manhattan for years (long ago–before there were bike lanes). I was never as careless as this cyclist. I think it's great that so many people are riding biles now, and I agree that drivers have to be cognizant of cyclists and frequently are to blame for crashes, but this incident highlights the need for cyclists to also use basic common sense and ride safely. I hope the cyclist recovers and will be careful in future.
July 17, 2019, 3:46 pm
Sage from Bayridge says:
Henry ford shhhhhh no kids allowed. This is a common sense issue you can't ask drivers to take a written test, then a road test and also carry insurance with the other side of the coin bike riders having a free for all with no regulations. We need personal responsibility for every who uses public streets.
July 17, 2019, 4:08 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Sage, eat my a$$ bro. That truck was hauling, you can see in the video how he's twice as fast as everyone else and through an intersection. It seems a written test, then a road test and also carrying insurance hasn't helped in this situation because the truck driver was speeding. Try again, loser.
July 17, 2019, 4:14 pm
Sage says:
Henry ford I am not into men or eating ass please stop with your suggestive behavior.This article is about a bike accident involving a truck. If you are trying to date or pick up someone I think you are on the wrong page.
July 17, 2019, 4:26 pm
crash davis from deadwood says:
What will it take to convince bicyclists they should operate their bicycles sanely? The abundant videos show bicyclists breaking all the rules, and then getting squashed by trucks. Too bad...
July 17, 2019, 5:10 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
What will it take to convince motorists they should operate their vehicles sanely? The abundant videos show motorist speeding through an intersection, and then hitting the cyclist.
July 17, 2019, 6:38 pm
NattyB from Greenwood says:
Man I hope that guy is ok. No one should lose their life for trying to get around on their bike in this city. I bike commute 17 miles daily and aside from downtown Brooklyn/Tribeca and North Slope (which I avoid since I usually cut over to the Bond St bike lane), most of it isn't so bad. And I indeed treat most red lights as yields or stop signs. But you still have to be careful! I don't understand the mentality of some of these posters here -- The greatest threat of harm people on bike pose, is primarily to themselves. This guy might be dead for all we know and people are like -- the truck driver should sue! Like c'mon. Also -- while from this snippet of video -- it's pretty clear that the bike rider did not use "best practices" when executing that turn. But note -- this is the section of 5th ave where it's just sharrows, but people will still sometimes hang on the right side of the road (in the unsafe doorzone) instead of taking the lane. It can be intimidating to take the lane because then cars/trucks behind you can't go faster than you. If he had been taking the lane, he would've been much more visible and perhaps a collision could've been avoided. But when you're in that far right channel -- it's hard to be seen. It's not like he turned from the "right lane" as there is only one lane here.
July 17, 2019, 9:22 pm
Greg from Park slope says:
This is obviously showing the cyclist maneuvering out of the bike lane and between cars at a high speed with no intention of following the laws... how this could even thought to be blamed on the truck driver is insane. Yes, many drivers are careless when it comes to bike lanes and laws aswell as the cyclists in them, but this was not the case whatsoever.
July 17, 2019, 11:36 pm
Frank from Furter says:
Natty are you an anarchist? So it's ok for a bike to treat a red light as a yield or stop sign but a driver who does so is reckless? The problem is when you get into a habit it becomes habitual. That is probably what happened. She did this without incident 100's of times before but not this day.
July 18, 2019, 7:32 am
Jean from PLG says:
No helmet. Please wear helmets!! Can they make that a law just like wearing seatbelts in cars? Weirdly I see a big increase in bicyclists without helmets lately. If you feel unattractive wearing a helmet then walk instead. It’s just so unwise.
July 18, 2019, 10:01 am
Ben from Brooklyn says:
Sage says: agree 101 this Ford guy is out of mind...
July 18, 2019, 2:17 pm
Safe cyclist from Brooklyn says:
I was riding my bike southbound on 5th ave in Park Slope last night and a car was parked in a bus stop and when I rode by it pulled out recklessly without out looking into the street and hit me and crushed my front wheel and knocked me off the bike onto the street. The driver was negligent and unapologetic. He even wanted to drive away when he saw I was not dead. He could've killed me. Because I wasn't killed, the NYPD were not interested in criminal charges. Not even a summons for parking in a bus stop or failure to yield. Luckily, I only have a few bruises, scrapes and soreness, but my bike was mangled. It's a dangerous street in the named cross streets section on 5th ave. It's very narrow and the cars on this street always speed, do not care about anyone, and are always trying to speed around bikes instead of slowing down. I'm no commenting on the video, but the street is dangerous. They need to complete the 4th ave (Park Slope) protected bike lane very soon. Cops don't care, the DOT doesn't care and that filters down to car drivers who don't care. Awful entitled car culture in this city!
July 18, 2019, 3:56 pm
James Maggio from Marine Park says:
Bike Lanes don't save lives. Safe Pedal Pushing does.
July 20, 2019, 12:58 pm
AKA Fecal STAIN from Sheepshead Bay says:
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge is a Looney,Loco , Local ,Loser ,Clone. DNA testing is un- necessary. Local is a fascist like Nazi Storm Trooper sho uses his posts to mock the religion and ethnic heritage of his opposition. He should not be tolerated. And I will not be scared or intimidated into submission and silence .
July 20, 2019, 1:05 pm
Bike lover from Brooklyn says:
The title of the article is wrong. The bicycle rider hit the other vehicle after swerving unpredictably and without looking at traffic. I strongly support safe streets, I support bikes, and I think cars should be more careful about bikes and pedestrians. But bike riders also need to take responsibility, not just for themselves but for other bikers. As a bike advocate, I will speak out against bad bike riders. It's time for the "safe street advocates" to fight harder against dangerous bike riders. I ask this in the name of other bike riders.
July 22, 2019, 9:06 am

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