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Garbage truck driver hits Gowanus e-bike rider

A garbage truck driver hit a 62-year-old e-bike rider on Third Avenue at 12th Street in Gowanus on Sept. 8.
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A cyclist is in critical condition after a garbage truck driver smashed into him at a Gowanus intersection Sunday night.

The 62-year-old man was riding north on an e-bike on Third Avenue when the 33-year-old man behind the wheel of the dump truck coming from the opposite direction struck him while making a left turn onto 12th Street around 9:30 p.m., according to a spokesman for police.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and brought the biker to Methodist Hospital with a head wound and he remains in critical condition, according the spokesman.

The driver remained on the scene but cops did not arrest him and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

The collision comes two days after two cyclists where struck by drivers at separate incidents in Prospect Heights and Fort Greene on Sept. 6.

Last week, Fort Greene cyclist Robert Donald died after Brownsville man Korey Johnson allegedly smashed his car into him in Bushwick on Sept. 2.

Donald was the 15th Kings County cyclist to have been killed by drivers and the 20th citywide this year, compared to 10 biker fatalities in the Five Boroughs during all of 2018.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 12:54 pm, September 9, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Local from Here says:
Anoter self entitled motorists causing havoc on our streets. Where is our beloved Mayor? This was someone riding an e-bike, not a cyclist.
Sept. 9, 12:36 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Sanitation really does have A LOT of risky behavior among its drivers. The garbage trucks are one thing, but the erratic, unpredictable and illegal maneuvers of the street sweepers is maddening.
Sept. 9, 1:51 pm
Ban Bikes says:
If not in a protected lane, they shouldn't be on the street. Every vehicle on the road should be held to the same impact resistance test, front, back and side, and if they don't meet national standards, they shouldn't be allowed.
Sept. 9, 4:09 pm
Ban stupid people says:
Ban Bikes, shouldn't be allowed to comment here. They bring nothing to the conversation and are most likely too old/overweight to ride a bike.
Sept. 9, 4:20 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
I hope the sanitation truck driver doesn't get Trashed by his superiors.
Sept. 9, 4:30 pm
NakedHiker from Downtown Brooklyn says:
The article doesn't make it clear whether this is a NYC Sanitation truck or a commercial garbage truck. If it's the latter, this is far from the first crash they've caused ...
Sept. 9, 4:38 pm
Common sense please from Brooklyn says:
Bikes don't belong with cars in the street. It was dangerous when I grew up here. What made it safe today. No rules, no road test, no license and no insurance. Why should a driver follow all the rules and the bike doesn't have too. When I drive I have to hope and pray the guy riding dosen't fall in front of my car or who is on the double yellow line trying the jump in front of me. Or who is eating a red light as I go down a side street crossing the ave.
Sept. 9, 5:07 pm
Brother Theodore,the cool cat from Canarsie says:
Loco from here is neither here nor there. Send him back over there. He is nowhere, even with the cute spandex outfit and totally vulgar mouth.
Sept. 9, 5:54 pm
Fiddle Faddle from Floatlands says:
Common Sense is right on. Biksters reap what they sow. Bike Paths don't stop accidents. They are a total waste of time ,effort and money.
Sept. 9, 5:57 pm
Brother Theodore,the cool cat from Canarsie says:
Common sense please from Brooklyn & Fiddle Faddle from Floatlands are a couple of idiots!
Sept. 10, 10:01 am
Joe from Greenpoint says:
Get the idiot bike riders off the streets NOW. Thanks
Sept. 11, 1 pm

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