Cyclist killed in collision with truck

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A cyclist fatally collided with a truck in Flatbush on Monday morning, according to a police report.

Police investigators believe the 57-year-old man was riding down Church Avenue near Ocean Avenue at 10:25 am, when he swerved into a box truck that was going the same direction, and was run-over by its rear wheels, authorities said.

Police found the cyclist at the scene of the collision suffering from trauma to his body, a report said. Emergency responders then took the man to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Cops say the truck driver remained at the scene and no arrests have been made so far.

Officials have not yet released the victim’s name because his family has not yet been notified

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
CYCLISTS FAULT!!! They never follow the rules of the roads.
June 22, 2015, 3:28 pm
Trollerskates from Moving Target says:
Of course, Tal. Too bad there are no such things as accidents, and all drivers that kill need to locked up, and the keys thrown away.
June 22, 2015, 4:24 pm
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
Parts of Mexico have better designed bike lanes than NYC. RIP to the cyclist. Sounds like he either lost his balance or had a medical situation that caused him to swerve.
June 22, 2015, 7:04 pm
djx from Harlem formerly Brooklyn says:
It's amazing how an overtaking truck can pass a cyclist and the cycling launches himself under the truck's rear wheels.

I'm not saying I know what happened, but NYPD seems very very very lazy about figuring out what happened in fatal incidents like this, and just spouts back whatever excuse the driver makes up. Lame. Sad we pay for that.
June 23, 2015, 8:08 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Sadly, djx, that's how the NYPD operates. Investigating is not something they are expected to do by those in charge. Instead, they immediately launch into a narrative that talks about it being an "accident" and/or how the victim is at fault. Both of these could be the truth, but we would never know.
June 23, 2015, 8:56 am
Rob from NY says:
Isn't there a 3-foot passing rule in NYS? So the driver needs to wait until there is 3-feet of space to go around the cyclist safely. It is called Merrill's Law, after Merrill Cassell who was run over by a bus passing too close to him.
June 23, 2015, 9:02 am
Thank Bloomberg from NYC says:
We know who's at fault!

The public wanting something and government leaders simply giving it isn't what a free society is about.

Throwing cyclists into traffic isn't making the city bike friendly. It's irresponsible and costing and will continue costing many people their lives.

Bike lanes need to be moved between parked cars and the curb. And where that doesn't fit, nor do bike lanes fit - that is unless folks want to give up some of their over sized sidewalks. Lastly, shared lanes need to go.

In the simplest terms, bikes don't belong in or alongside vehicle lanes.

The current bike lane system is another Bloomberg Blunder, a ploy for popularity that he never got. Now it's time for responsible design/engineering, not for popularity, but for the safety of all that use the road.
June 23, 2015, 10:29 am
Tyson White from UWS says:
How did police come to the conclusion that it was the cyclist's fault before the investigation was complete?
June 23, 2015, 10:42 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Tyson - You're assuming they *started* an investigation. :-/
June 23, 2015, 12:19 pm
Rider from NYC says:
"Bike lanes need to be moved between parked cars and the curb"

Nonsense. Cars should park at the curb, and bicyclists belong in the streets, with all the other wheeled vehicles, just as it's always been. Folks, old and young, fast and slow, have been doing it for many years.

Just because you're uncomfortable sharing the road doesn't mean we should all be shunted off onto some ridiculous bicycle sidewalk.

There's a seat on the bus with your name on it, oh Entitled One.
June 23, 2015, 12:49 pm
Ben from Clinton hill says:
Guys: as long bikers not following rules and regulation and pay registration and insurance fee noting will happen!!! bikers in general have no responsibilities what's so ever...... not stopping at traffic signals, school buses red flashers, not yield for pedestrians, driving wrong direction etc if blame just blame your self........
June 23, 2015, 2:20 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Oh, Ben... You're adorable. Let's take your "registration and insurance" issue. My neighborhood streets are full of cars with NC, FL, PA, and NJ plate.

NONE of these full of responsibility drivers are paying NY State registration fees. (Not that any of those fees have anything to do with city streets) And NONE of these drivers are insured. If any of them are involved in anything more than a minor fender-bender, the insurance company will discover the true "primary garage" of the vehicle (i.e., Brooklyn, not North Carolina) and appropriately refuse to pay any claim.

I wouldn't be surprised, Ben, if you were one of these "responsible" people.
June 23, 2015, 2:26 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
(I'll leave aside that licensing and registration for cycling is an absurd suggestion -- tried and failed in several countries and it's also counter-productive to the goal of safer streets. We can return to this at you leisure.)
June 23, 2015, 2:28 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First of all, I didn't actually click this article until just now, so whoever that was, it wasn't me, but I have a feeling I know who did it. Getting to the article, I would like to hear the full story, not just some police blotter brief. I feel that too many are jumping to conclusions by just focusing on the effects here. Perhaps, if we heard more and found out the causes, then we can clearly find out who is really at fault here. Unfortunately, when the true story is revealed, I know those who won't be to proud to hear about that, because it won't be suiting their agenda.
June 23, 2015, 3:11 pm
Thank Bloomberg from NYC says:

- Jimmy Flatbush; just because responsible control wasn't exercised prior to Bloomberg, doesn't mean he should have flooded the streets with cyclists and not addressed their susceptibility to accidents. Not sure why you'd want to promote a flawed system and allow people to die unnecessarily, but that's what's happening.

Registration and License Plates are absolutely essential. Not for the silly reasons Jimmy Fb thinks, but for accountability - when bikers can be identified and be summoned for recklessness, aggressive behavior and breaking the rules, they'll change their ways for the most part, just the way motorists do for the most part.
June 23, 2015, 5:44 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Because there's no way to identify and ticket cyclists now, eh?

By-and-large cyclists are not have a "susceptibility to accidents." You are blaming the victim here. Cyclists are struck and injured due to a lack of care by the... apparently... extremely thoughtful, curtious and line-toeing motorists in their multi-ton boxes of steel and glass.

Most collisions are not "accidents." If motorists are not the MAJOR cause of death and injury on the streets, why are there DOZENS of pedestrians being run into everyday in this city, including hundreds of pedestrian deaths every year. There are several scientific studies showing that most of these pedestrians have the right-of-way and are located *in* crosswalks, etc. Thank goodness for license plates!!

Where are the comparable stats for cyclist-caused injury and deaths?

I drive quite a lot in this city. I don't have any trouble avoiding the maiming and killing of cyclists and pedestrians -- and it's not my license plate. It's called patience, restraint and sharing the road. This, surprise surprise, requires the awareness that I can easily crush objects with my vehicle that are smaller than it (ya know, smaller objects like human beings).

So, give a rest to the Woe Is Me schtick. Learn to drive properly and according to the conditions of a crowded, densely populated city and stop apologizing for all of these "accidents."

(And, Tal, shut up. The point of many of the comments above is that we will NEVER know the true story because the NYPD doesn't take any effort to find it out.)
June 23, 2015, 7:20 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Disregarding the impersonations, which I know one of you did, I feel that until I hear the causes, it's wrong to jump to conclusions here. Hearing that the cyclist was hit by the rear wheels could indicated that he did place himself into harm's way. However, until we hear the whole story, we will never know what really happened. Nevertheless, I do feel that bicycles should be licensed, insured, and registered, but the only reason there is so much opposition is mainly because the bike zealots know that they can be tracked down and held responsible for the crimes they commit especially if they are known for fleeing a scene. For the record, I am very cautious and careful when I drive, so I'm not a reckless driver for that that assume otherwise, and I will call slander on anyone who thinks that.
June 24, 2015, 2:33 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Oh no! Tal will call slander on you! Oh no!
June 24, 2015, 3:32 pm
sparkymegatto from Windsor Terrace says:
I strongly feel that all motorized vehicals should be seperated from non motorized. A car, tuck, etc traveling at 30 plus miles per hour is a deadly machine. At such mass and speed it will severly injure and kill. All bike lanes should be protected by a barrior. There are many bike lanes that are protected. Ocean Parkway, Prospect Park SouthWest, many others have such barriers. Peaple should stick to the side walks. Bikes, scooters, roller skates, etc should use the bike lanes. They all must stop and adhere to traffic regulations.
June 24, 2015, 6:16 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
Thank Bloomberg is right. The protected bike lanes should be between parked cars and the sidewalk, the way they are in Montreal and on PPW. The parked cars themselves form the physical barrier between moving cars and cyclists. It's very cost-effective to implement, and even safer than a low concrete curb alone. People who pan cyclists really ought to try bikes to get around the city (when they're not hauling heavy items, that is). You move much faster than in cars, see more, and get a little exercise at the same time. It's really great.
June 25, 2015, 9:37 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Scott, what you tend say about the way some us view the nature and claim to stereotype cyclists, and I can easily say something similar to how your groups does the same on motorists.
June 25, 2015, 2:29 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Scott, what you tend say about the way some us view the nature and claim to stereotype cyclists, I can easily say something similar to how your groups does the same on motorists. In reality, there are no angels on either side, but I'm willing to admit those on mine, while your group seems to turn a blind eye to that. It's sort of like someone trying to make a list of all Democrats known for doing scandals when another can just make a list of Republicans who do scandals as well.
June 25, 2015, 2:32 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Can I report Tal's comment for being abusive to human intelligence? Aack!
June 25, 2015, 3:15 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Jimmy, the difference with me is that I'm not attacking the person and there is nothing wrong with disagreeing. Then again, you seem to like dishing criticism but can't seem to take it. If you can't stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen. Seriously, I can't stand what's your beef on this, so maybe you do need that Snickers bar. Regardless of your personal attacks, I'm still waiting for the whole story to know what really happened.
June 25, 2015, 4:42 pm
Facts from Life says:
Little things like facts don't matter to Jimmy. He is one of those delusional anti car fanatics that think pedestrians do no wrong. I wouldn't be surprised if he's one of the idiots that jay walk then have the nerve to catch an attitude with the driver that almost ran him over because he's too impatient to wait 20 seconds for the light to change. One day he'll play a losing game of Froggeror go back to where he came from.
June 25, 2015, 8:45 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
What are you talking about "Facts from Life"?
June 26, 2015, 10:45 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First of all, I couldn't have made that first and second posts because I was not yet on the Internet even though I was on my computer in my mothers' basement watching an old episode of the facts of life with my netflix account. So just stop it, whomever it is trying to impersonate me, and I think I know who you are.
July 10, 2015, 11:34 am

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