Kid cyclist critically injured in helmet-shattering Kensington car crash

Wrecked: An NYPD investigator places markers around a child’s bent bike, which the boy rode through a red light at Dahill and Courtelyou roads before he was struck by a car.
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A 12-year-old boy is fighting for his life after a driver hit him as he was cycling in Kensington on the morning of Sept. 14, sending the youngster hurling to the pavement and shattering his helmet to smithereens, according to police.

The kid was riding towards Dome Playground on the sidewalk of Courtelyou Road at around 6:40 am when he tried to ride across Dahell Road on a red light, according to police.

As the boy was crossing, the driver of a Lexus GS 350 — who police say had a green light — struck the youth with his driver-side bumper, throwing him to the asphalt, and the impact smashed his helmet into several pieces, photos of the aftermath show.

Emergency responders found him lying on the pavement with a severe head injury and rushed him to Maimonides Medical Center where he is in critical condition, cops said.

The driver remained on the scene and police say they haven’t arrested him or issued any summonses.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Cathy from Williamsburg says:
Apparently this child's parents never taught him the rules of the road. Don't run red lights. It's dangerous.
Sept. 15, 2016, 4:06 pm
Mike from Brooklyn says:
And Cathy apparently you haven't heard...

Don't trust the initial NYPD report.

More often than not they feed the media complete and utter BS.
Sept. 15, 2016, 4:14 pm
FU CATHY from Williamsburg says:
Sept. 15, 2016, 4:17 pm
FU CATHY from Williamsburg says:
Hey Cathy,

Apparently you parents never taught you to
Have some manners, a child is fighting for his life.
Sept. 15, 2016, 4:18 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Although I do give my condolences to what happened, it still didn't mean that this kid had the right to run a red light with his bicycle. Had he just stopped at the light and waited for it to change to green, he would have gotten hit. Perhaps, this is now a reason to enforce the traffic laws for cyclists to help avoid any further accidents. Then again, places such as Streetsblog and Transportation Alternative will probably think that this boy is a martyr for not obeying them, which is what placed him into harm's way to begin with.
Sept. 15, 2016, 5:10 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
If the boy went through the light it was his fault, whether it is PC to admit it or not.
Sept. 15, 2016, 7:01 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
@ Me from Bay Ridge

Thanks for fulfilling the stereotype of Bay Ridge. Just the worse most awful people down there. Bye bye now.
Sept. 15, 2016, 7:23 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Another fake Tal...OK, whoever really wrote that -- if you have kids just tell them to ignore red lights. I'm sure that will work out well for them.
Sept. 15, 2016, 7:27 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Me, I didn't post those comments at either 6:42 or 7:23 PM, those were done by possibly those bike zealots pretending to be me and using as a way to downplay me as well. If you asked me, they have really sunken to a new low by making impersonations that also use insults. I so agree with you that the boy was at fault for running that red light and he could have been alright if he didn't do that. Of course places like Streetsblog will most likely try to play around this. Even Transportation Alternatives doesn't encourage bicycle safety and hearing Paul Steely White never mention the rouge cyclists when it comes to accidents shows how much he really does have an anti-car bias. On a side note, if the bike zealots have proof that the police report is false, I would love to see it otherwise they are just acting like victims to the rules as always. Overall, if anyone breaks the rules and places themselves into harm's way, they are the ones at fault no matter what happens to them no matter what their age is, plus it's not a reason to flout the laws either.
Sept. 15, 2016, 7:52 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Yesterday I saw a youngwoman riding down 86th Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Fifth Avenue with her hands off the handlebars for a long stretch and the B16 bus only about 50 feet behind her. If she had hit a bump, flown off and been run over by the bus these zealots would blame the bus driver.
Sept. 15, 2016, 8:08 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Very childish posters on here (that's why they ride bikes.) They really need to implement a sign in system and/or a moderator.
Sept. 15, 2016, 9:35 pm
Amy from Bensonhurst says:
: (

Get well soon.
Sept. 15, 2016, 10:29 pm
Frank from Bay Ridge says:
6:40 in the morning. Why was he not getting rid for school?
Sept. 15, 2016, 10:34 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Your description is incorrect in all aspects ——.
Sept. 16, 2016, 6:44 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Trying this one,-- jackass.
Sept. 16, 2016, 6:46 am
Tootie from Williamsburg says:
Maybe the kid was attempting suicide. This often happens as a result of online bullying. Maybe he wanted to get hit.
Sept. 16, 2016, 7:27 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
What is wrong with automobile drivers in the city?
Sept. 16, 2016, 8:29 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I didn't post any of the above comments even the comments about me not posting the above comments. I blame the bike zealots for every moronic comment ever attributed to me.
Sept. 16, 2016, 9:25 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
Keep New York City cyclists safe by adding traffic lights rather than bike lanes.....
Sept. 16, 2016, 11:07 am
Me from NY says:
Kids will always make mistakes, but that's why we need drivers to be constantly on alert and focused. It also means obeying the 25mph speed limit so that you have enough time to stop when a kid makes a mistake.
Sept. 16, 2016, 11:35 am
Tom from Manhattan says:
Don't believe the driver or the initial police comment. Hopefully there are other witnesses or cameras. It is just as likely that the driver ran a red light. Let's hope the police do a thorough investigation.
Sept. 16, 2016, 1:08 pm
AMH says:
I wonder how fast the driver was going. That is a gruesome amount of damage to the helmet. The police are so quick to seize upon any mistake by the victims of these kind of tragedies, while completely ignoring a driver's actions. Kids can be unpredictable and make mistakes, and I'm shocked that so many people are saying they deserve to die for it. That attitude is barbaric and inhuman.
Sept. 16, 2016, 2:11 pm
too dangerous from Kensington says:
Bikes clearly don't belong on city streets and one mayor after another increases the publics susceptibility to accidents with these bike friendly initiatives, all to squeeze in more "tax payers" than what fit.

While bike advocates do not like hearing the truth, they are actually the followers of this reckless trend rather than the leaders of it. Good old "Uncle Sam" hiding behind the old adage "you asked for it, you got it!". Sad but true and the people pay the price always...
Sept. 16, 2016, 2:21 pm
boof from brooklyn says:
Cars clearly don't belong on city streets because they are what are hurting people. I don't care what color the light was — no car, no crash.
Sept. 16, 2016, 4:45 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Why is that the "clear" conclusion, T.D.?
Sept. 16, 2016, 4:47 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First of all cut the impersonations of me. Seriously, I would like those who find the police report to be wrong to prove that it was wrong or you're just showing once again that your kind acts like victims to the rules. What is known is that the boy ran a red light and that's what placed him into harm's way. Had he not done that, he probably would have been fine. Seeing how some of you bike zealots are trying to turn around this story also proves that you try to act like you try to play the innocent, but I can see through your halos. On a side note, I can still remember how many over on Streetsblog defended the cyclist who hit a motorist with his lock and even called it mob justice, which really does show where they tend to have an anti-car bias and they don't even try to hide it. Overall, my point is that if you flout the laws and place yourself into harm's way, you have nobody to blame but yourselves for what happened, and this isn't blaming the victim.
Sept. 16, 2016, 5:58 pm
Trollerskates from Moving Target says:
Fat slob, wannabe murderer, driving his death machine needs to be charged with attempted murder.
Sept. 16, 2016, 7:36 pm
samir kabir from downtown says:
Parents need to teach their children the rules of the road. Why did this child think he could cross against a red light? I see so many parents with young children riding on the backs of their (the parents') bicycle. Crazy, much? As a pedestrian, I am witness to so much bizarre and illegal bike behavior, that I am not surprised when an accident occurs.
Sept. 17, 2016, 6:52 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
driving his death machine . . ..


I have only seen a bike stop for a red light a few times and every time it was someone with a kid

This is tragic of course and i am sure not the first time he chopped a light but still tragic
Sept. 18, 2016, 1:37 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Trollerskates, can you please prove to me that the person who hit that boy was actually trying to murder him? Seriously, how do you bike zealots sleep at night by thinking about this? More importantly, what part of that boy ran a red light and placed himself into harm's way did you not understand? Then again, I know how places such as Streetsblog will be spinning this to make it look as if that boy was innocent and will probably omit what really happened. BTW, how do some of you bike zealots believe that the report was false? Were any of you actually there when it happened or can you just not accept things when they don't go your way?
Sept. 18, 2016, 3:29 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
old time brooklyn, I too have only seen a bike stop for a red light a few times during a single trip I took to the "Big Apple" several years ago. I have not been back since and why would I with these bike zealots "peddling" around. Come to think of it, I hereby announce I will no longer post on NYC websites and will heed a call I have heard many times, "go back to Pleasantville and stay there".
Sept. 18, 2016, 5:38 pm
Trollerskates from Moving Target says:
Lol at anyone that believes police report from accomplices to murder. Might as well give out free halos every time drivers fill up to inflict asthma on us all. Driver needs to be charged with hopefully only attempted murder.
Sept. 18, 2016, 5:48 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Trollerskates, there is no proof that this was to be a murder. Until you can give proof, you are just showing your anti-car bias as always. BTW, do you have any proof that the motorist was breaking the laws himself? If not, then the accident wasn't even intentional. As for the halos, that's more for the bike zealots in always feeling that they are holier than thou and feel that they don't need to follow the rules and if they get hit despite doing that, they feel that they can never get in trouble for it especially when they have groups that will always stand by them and even justify their actions while placing the blame on everyone but themselves. On a side note, quit impersonating me especially since your comment is only minutes apart from someone claiming to be me, which most likely points to you doing it unless you can prove to me where you were at that time.
Sept. 18, 2016, 6:48 pm
Old time brooklyn from Slope says:

You are a voice of reason

Many years ago on our way to our country estate a guy got n with his bike on the train out of hoboken

He did not hav a permit which was required and demanded the conducter have the stroller temoved to put his bike there

He screached - i want to aee the station manager

We moved as the confuctter advised he was - how you say - nuts
Sept. 18, 2016, 7:36 pm
Trollerskates from Moving Target says:
Sorry Tal, I don't do impersonations. Killer driver was obviously speeding, the wreckage tells the story, just sad that the police are related to most of the wannabe killers behind the wheel. It is beyond debate that the police can't be bothered dealing with the motorized crime spree, since most of them are the perps. Lock up the killer driver now.
Sept. 18, 2016, 7:50 pm
Bridget from Park Slope says:
My god - it's just like the song "Anotherone Bites (the Dust)" !
It's creepy. The line 'another little boy, another red light, hit by a car, boom boom boom, bites the dust'. It sounds just like this!
Sept. 19, 2016, 8:06 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Trollerskates, I find you and your group to be nothing but complete hypocrites. How is that your kind demands that motorists must follow every letter of the law while your group doesn't need to at all? This sounds like something out of George Orwell's Animal Farms where there was a group of special animals who believed that they were exempt from all the laws while all other animals had to be subject to them. I say that there should be a rally to call for cyclists to follow the laws. As for that boy, I feel bad for him, but had he just obeyed the traffic light rather than ignore it, none of that would have happened. Once again, I am still waiting for proof and evidence that the police report is wrong, and I'm going need more than just a blanket statement or some rambling from you otherwise, the report is correct and upholds.
Sept. 19, 2016, 6:42 pm
Tal Fartzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I'm making pizza dough out of my mother's mung tonight!
Sept. 20, 2016, 10:18 am
Janis from Greenpoint says:
Lights turn red and green for a reason. Rules are for everyone. I am sorry that boy was hit, it must be devastating, but the reality is that if you go through a red light, there is the possibility that a car with the right of way might not see you and hit you with his car. It's logic. Stop trying to make it seem like anyone can do anything and there will never be consequences. That's downright stupid.
Sept. 24, 2016, 8:59 pm
Tyson White from UWS says:
This driver should not have been driving!!
Oct. 13, 2016, 4:34 pm

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