Crown Heights tragedy: Cyclist dies following brutal weekend collision

Tragic: A cyclist struck on Saturday died at Kings County Hospital on Tuesday.
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A bicyclist hit by a car while running a red light in Crown Heights on May 11 has died, according to police, who said the cyclist succumbed to his wounds at Kings County Hospital Tuesday.

Police identified the deceased biker as Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Kenichi Nakagawa. He was 22 years old.

Nakagawa was heading east on Dean Street when he attempted to cross Brooklyn Avenue against the light at 5:24 p.m., putting himself in the path of a 2012 Toyota Sienna operated by a 66-year-old man, who collided with the young cyclist on his way south along Brooklyn Avenue, according to police.

Paramedics rushed Nakagawa to Kings County Hospital for treatment to head injuries he sustained during the collision, where he died on May 14, cops said.

The driver crossed the intersection with a green light, remained at the scene following the collision, and was not arrested, according to police, who noted an investigation being conducted by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad remains ongoing.

Nakagawa was the ninth bicyclist to perish as a result of a motor-vehicle collisions in the city, and one of three Brooklyn cyclists to die since Sunday.

A 16-year-old bicyclist was the 10th bicyclist killed after a box truck ran him over May 15 in Borough Park.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 12:50 pm, May 16, 2019
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Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Condolences to the family. But this one time a maniac on a bicycle almost whizzed by me and nearly almost hit me! A couple meters closer and I could have been scraped up pretty bad. That's months of pain and suffering until the scabs heal, If he would have hit me.
May 16, 11:16 am
Andrew from Sunset Park says:
Died of head injuries? Was he wearing a helmet?
May 16, 1:31 pm
Chad from Ft Greene says:
Good thing the driver had video evidence because I’m sure a bunch of Henry Fords would have tried to crucify the poor driver otherwise.
May 16, 2:15 pm
Bob from Hhhhh says:
No helmet was on scene
May 16, 5:07 pm
Martin Malakov from Coney Island says:
Trying to run a red light leads to nasty consequences . not wearing a helmut just compounds the consequences. Drive Safely and carefully
May 16, 5:52 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
OK, Chad. LOL, cool name bro. Anyone named "Chad" in Ft Greene is getting their arse kicked, daily. Nobody will turnover the video evidence of that. The driver deserves crucifixion.
May 16, 8:02 pm
Connor from Fort Greene says:
There are more bike accidents because there are more bikes in the streets. It's a shame this young man died but he shouldn't have been blowing a red light, like so many bikers do all the time, also ride on the sidewalks and go the wrong way. Many bikers ignore traffic laws because they think they're morally superior to car and truck drivers. When will bikes have to be licensed and riders have to pass a practical test like the rest of us? I feel really bad for the poor driver who couldn't help hitting the bike. The driver is in fact the victim of the traffic-violating biker.
May 17, 2:59 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Go back to Ohio, Conner.
May 17, 5:06 pm
Jeff from Brooklyn says:
Hey Conner, did you pass a practical test and are licensed? How about all the drivers THAT are licensed ignore traffic laws!
May 18, 9:05 am
Dawn from Crown Hieghts says:
Right on ,Conner. A cyclist myself It’s a pisser I have to dodge cyclist red light runners.
May 18, 10:56 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
What day this year is bicycle rule enforcement day? Asking for a friend.
May 19, 1:12 am
samir kabir from Cobble Hill says:
Is that photo real or staged?
May 19, 5:14 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
If that cyclist didn't cross against the light, he probably would have still been alive rather than placing himself into harm's way, which shows that cyclists should follow the traffic laws rather than act like victims to them.
May 21, 1:28 pm
Wilbur D. Horse from Spoke Kane says:
It is sad that this young man lost his life. Here, the cyclist Did run the red light. If he had just waited 35 seconds for the light to change, this young man would have still been alive. He made the choice to run that red light.
July 24, 6:22 am

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