Motorcyclist killed in bloody Canarsie crash

Police investigate the scene of a fatal crash in Canarsie.
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A man died after ramming his motorcycle into the side of a Sports Utility Vehicle in Canarsie late Tuesday night.

Flatbush resident Roshaun Miller, 31, was heading south on Rockaway Parkway with a 16-year-old passenger aboard his 2013 Yamaha at 11:51 p.m., when he collided with the passenger side of a 2005 Nissan Murano as it turned left onto Avenue K off the northbound Rockaway Parkway, according to a police spokesman, who relayed the preliminary findings of an investigation by the Police Departments Collision Investigation Squad.

Paramedics declared Miller dead at the scene, while the teenager was taken to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in stable condition, cops said.

The 24-year-old operator of the Nissan remained at the scene following the crash, and police have so far declined to press charges.

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at
Updated 2:20 pm, July 17, 2019
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Steve from Bay Ridge says:
The #1 threat to motorcyclists is "left turning vehicles". If the SUV turned left in front of the motorcyclist then he de facto failed to yield to oncoming traffic as the law says he must. I really wish reporters would stop making it sound like every motorcyclist on the road is a crazed lunatic who "rams" into innocent car drivers. 95% of the time, the car's driver wasn't paying attention before he pulled in front of the motorcycle.
July 17, 2019, 1:46 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
July 17, 2019, 1:47 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Steve from Bay Ridge the keyboard tough guy.
July 17, 2019, 1:49 pm
Dan Sciannameo from Park Slope says:
This is irresponsible reporting that the motorcycle "rammed" into the passenger side of the SUV. The SUV turned left in front of the motorcycle which had the right of way. That is like saying someone running across the street with the light in there favor "rammed" into the side of an SUV that was passing the light. This is how motorcycle accidents are typically reported in the press with the subliminal message that the motorcyclist did something wrong. I emailed the reporter about this and got this reply "Well good afternoon to you too Daniel, Technically the motorcycle did ram into the SUV-causing a collision-a fatal one at that. I am reporting from what the NYPD and DCPI could provide for me. If you have any further information to provide me than by all means-please send it my way. Otherwise, let me do my job without being passive aggressively cursed at through an email." The curse is because I called his reporting BS.
July 17, 2019, 2:16 pm
Webster from the Dictionary says:
Ram: Verb: [ no obj. ] crash violently against something.
July 17, 2019, 2:18 pm
Abrar from Woodside says: A lot of accidents happen when car drivers turn or change lanes without checking or yielding to vehicles going straight, who have the right of way. The link above is another example of that, taken from the same news source. I wonder why the reporter would not appreciate that her choice of language inaccurately placed responsibility on the motorcyclist, when there's actually more evidence that by American driving standards, the turning vehicle has more responsibility to avoid a collision.
July 17, 2019, 2:24 pm
Brad from Flatbush says:
Dear Mrs. Kidd, Is it your assertion that the DCPI wrote to you that Mr. Miller "ramm[ed] his motorcycle" into the side of the SUV? If that is the case, we would like to see the statement from the DCPI so we may have some words with the NYPD. If on the other hand you chose to word this as a purposeful act on behalf of the motorcycle rider, we would prefer you consider more neutral language in the future. Those of us on two wheels are quite tired of seeing NYC's news outlets painting us in this manner.
July 17, 2019, 2:41 pm
Rafa from Woodside says:
@ChanAnnKidd A motorcyclist driving straight doesn't ram into a car turning unless there was a red light/ stop sign at the junction. You do not mention either so it is more the responsibility of the turning car to check for all traffic.
July 17, 2019, 2:47 pm
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
Glad to see some people pointing out the anti motorcycle bias and in this "reporting".
July 17, 2019, 2:52 pm
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
**in this reporting
July 17, 2019, 2:52 pm
Colin Mixson from Brooklyn Paper says:
I was the editor on this story, and I take full responsibility for the language used in this article. I would appreciate that any additional emails in regards to this piece be directed to me at That said, the use of the word ram in this context was not incorrect. It does not connote blame, and was merely meant to convey that the motorcyclist collided with the SUV. Furthermore, at no point in the article do we assign blame to either the deceased, or the operator of the SUV. When we become aware of any new information, or the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad reveals new findings, we’ll report it. Until then, we are not in position to definitively report fault — one way or the other.
July 17, 2019, 3:03 pm
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
"Flatbush resident Roshaun Miller, 31, was heading south on Rockaway Parkway with a 16-year-old passenger aboard his 2013 Yamaha at 11:51 p.m., when a 2005 Nissan Murano turned left onto Avenue K off the northbound Rockaway Parkway. The motoryclist collided with the passenger side of the Murano, according to a police spokesman." i think it's important not to assign blame, especially here since it seems like the Murano was in the wrong. Properly trained motorcyclists are taught to look out for these events, as they are the largest causes of crashes, and mostly because the driver of the left turning vehicle fails to see the motorcyclist.
July 17, 2019, 3:04 pm
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
Thank you, Colin, for responding
July 17, 2019, 3:05 pm
Brad from Flatbush says:
Dear Mr. Mixson, Thank you for responding. However arguing the fine points of how the sensational word "ramming" may be construed, is a distraction. The language you chose was: "A man died after ramming his motorcycle into the side of a Sports Utility Vehicle". Mr. Miller rammed his bike into an SUV? That sentence makes it sounds like he committed suicide. The problem here is about more than a single word. And as for Mrs. Kidd, the DCPI may not appreciate the insinuation that the choice of words was theirs. Very sincerely, Brad B.
July 17, 2019, 3:18 pm
Dan from Park Slope says:
Sorry Colin, rammed is not the same with collided. We motorcyclists would have no problem with using collided. Chandler sent me an email suggesting the word rammed was your choice. Sorry, but doesn't get her off the hook - her name is on the article. This is BS reporting. So now you both are to blame for bad reporting. Taking the hit for the word choice gets you no where. If you are truly a journalist, then like most good ones, correct your article and use the word collide. We have pointed out why you should. perhaps you will recall that someone died in this incident. Have some respect and use a neutral word and not one that subliminally conveys fault on their part. If you know they were at fault, then report it. If you don't then don't suggest it. We riders are sensitive to this because we are all too often painted with a broad brush and stereotyped.
July 17, 2019, 3:19 pm
Brad from Flatbush says:
If you wished to "convey that the motorcyclist collided with the SUV", then that is what should have been written.
July 17, 2019, 3:20 pm
Mich from Earth says:
Thanks for responding and taking responsibility Colin but it is still a very weak defense. You are an editor, you know the words ram and collide mean similar things with different connotations yet ram was the word that was published. If collide was the better choice as it doesn't assign blame, you should have made the decision to use that word. Anyone reading this seeing the word ram would reasonably conclude the motorcyclist was operating in some unreasonable fashion. If objectivity is your goal, try harder next time.
July 17, 2019, 3:28 pm
Frank from Furter says:
I wasn't there but in previous accidents like this many times the car driver looks down the street a normal distance starts his turn and a speeding motorcyclist then comes and they collide. Whose fault is it? Both in my opinion. But it is generally the cyclist who dies. My condolences to the family.
July 17, 2019, 4:37 pm
Tyler from pps says:
The death, major injury to the passenger (who is shielded by some of the impact) and the massive damage to the motorcycle does suggest a speed in excess of the 25 mph limit. Yielding to oncoming traffic does depend on being able to reasonably judge the speed of the oncoming vehicle. A motorcycle speeding at 40+ mph wouldn't be easy to judge.
July 17, 2019, 4:46 pm
dan from Park slope says:
You relented and changed it to collided. Good work.
July 17, 2019, 5:44 pm
dan from Park slope says:
Frank and Tyler. Have you driven your car at 40 mph on a street? Do you have any more rights than a motorcyclist? If you are turning left and you "see" a vehicle be it a car or motorcycle, you WAIT. That's the problem with most car drivers. They don't see or they don't care. They make left turns very close to oncoming vehicles. Forget about motorcycles, they either don't see them or don't realize their is someone's loved one on that bike. Drivers are encapsulated in their cars. Stop talking on the phone, texting and look in your mirros.
July 17, 2019, 5:48 pm
Abrar from Woodside says:
Colin, we hope for journalists and news media to use language responsibly. "A man died after ramming his motorcycle into the side of a Sports Utility Vehicle" is going to denote that in this sentence, the actor responsible for the action of "ramming" is the "man".
July 17, 2019, 5:52 pm
Brad from Flatbush says:
Read this lede: "A reporter died after ramming his face into the windshield of a Sports Utility Vehicle in Canarsie late Tuesday night." Would you argue with the man's fellow reporters about the connotation of "ramming"? Or is there a more important problem with this phrasing? Inquiring minds...
July 17, 2019, 6:19 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
OMG what a bunch of pansies getting their panties in a wad over a word. Get over it, losers. The motorcyclist won the Darwin award.
July 17, 2019, 6:34 pm
DJ from Manhattan says:
Editor Mixson: A rider died yesterday. He was a victim in an accident initiated by an SUV that did not wait to make a left turn. This is a tragedy in which the rider and his loved ones are the victims. I hope you are in the world of journalism to make a difference with words. Here your words make a big difference. A rider ramming his vehicle into another is very different from a rider's vehicle ramming into another. Such is the power of language. People are mourning today. Please do better.
July 17, 2019, 6:57 pm
Frank from Furter says:
How do you know he saw the cyclist? You look a few blocks down and if its clear you make the turn.a cyclist coming fast may be beyond the area you scan. The cyclist may have assumed he could be seen. Collisions are not accidents.
July 17, 2019, 7:47 pm
Frank from Furter says:
I tend to stay under 35 in 25 zones. When the speed limit is 35 like west street..i hve bern known to do 40 but if that speed contributes to a collision i am at fault. But i havent had one in years.
July 17, 2019, 7:50 pm
Frank from Furter says:
Btw at 25 you travel and 40 feet per second at 40 about 60 and at 60 88 feet per second. It takes about 4 seconds to compete a left turn. If you scan 2 blocks which is about 450 feet you should be able to safely make the turn unless the person was traveling more than 70 have enough time. But this assumes you looked ahead more than it would take you to turn. As I said its probably a combination of factors but still sad.
July 17, 2019, 8 pm
AA from Canarsie Brooklyn says:
I walked passed this accident last night as I lived few feet away from the site. RIP Mr Miller. That intersection is a bit tricky especially when making the left turn with the new markings in the road. It might have been difficult for the SUV driver to see Mr Miller due to the lighting and the trees on the stretch of roadway on Rockaway Parkway between Ave J and K where the accident took place. There is a speed camera about 300ft from the crash site that might tell what really happened.
July 17, 2019, 8:06 pm
Veritas from Brooklyn says:
"A motorcyclist was killed when a vehicle turned left in front of him." There, that was easy. Ms Kidd, I know you are a fresh graduate but you need to be more responsible in your writing- while your editor should know better or maybe he does want to deliberately create sensationalism, who knows. When you start using words that subconsciously places blame on a motorcyclist who was killed because of an irresponsible car driver (going by all rules of traffic), you are, A, falling for society's implicit bias against motorcyclists and B, reinforcing this bias. I think you may just have a similar reckless bias against motorcyclists that people have of immigrants or people of color. As someone who is both, I can tell you that it is real and I have faced discrimination on both counts. The people here talking about Darwin and motorcycle riders are the kind of people who have that illogical bias and just been victims of ignorant upbringing. Ms Kidd, I know you mean well and maybe you should get to know some of the motorcycle community in NYC so you can assess better than other people. Something called Two Wheeled Tuesdays happens every week- google it- just show up there and meet some of us. While maybe your editor and the paper could do with some diversity training so they are actually sensitive of the news that they cover. A human died and this article just ends up blaming him- even if your intention wasn't that.
July 17, 2019, 10:09 pm
Steve from Bay Ridge says:
The legal speed limit on Rockaway Parkway may be the citywide 25mph but its nominal every day speed is like every other avenue in Brooklyn -- faster than that. No, that's not unusual damage for a motorcycle hitting something at 25mph. Motorcycles are pretty fragile in collisions. So are motorcyclists. But unless the bike was doing 50+ the speed differential between 25mph and even 40mph isn't so great that a driver shouldn't have seen him coming before he pulled his SUV across the bike's right of way. As others here have said, left-turning cars are the #1 cause of motorcycle collisions. It's why DOT mandated DRLs for motorcycles back in the early 70s. These are two of the conclusions in the DOT's famous "Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures" study in the 1980s and they're still valid: 6. In the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents. 9. The most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle. "Henry Ford": when you graduate from troll kindergarten, you can look forward to having even more tools to make a complete ass of yourself.
July 17, 2019, 11:15 pm
JaBooty Jackson says:
So what happened to the 16 year old passenger??
July 18, 2019, 8:42 am
Kevin Glick from Chelsea says:
Apparently the "editor" of this rag doesn't understand that "to ram" implies active and willful intent. Let me fix that for you: "A man in Carnarsie died Tuesday nigh after his motorcycle collided with a left turning Sports Utility Vehicle." Look I even saved you some column inches you can use to imply that some other group is in the wrong by default.
July 18, 2019, 5:58 pm
Matt from Bed Stuy says:
These motorcycles terrorize my neighborhood. They are loud and they disobey traffic laws, running red lights, doing wheelies, speeding, going down one way streets. I’m surprised there aren’t more accidents. The NYPD won’t do anything because they are afraid to chase them and cause an accident. So they are basically allowing them to put innocent pedestrians and other motorists at danger.
July 18, 2019, 6:44 pm
Marlene L from Canarsie says:
My condolences to Mr Miller’s family and friends. It is a shame to hear how inhumane some people are. I happen to know Mr Miller and I assure you that he is NOT the type to be doing wheelies and all that nonsense. He is a very pleasant, responsible, hardworking mannerly young man who happen to be a victim of a fatal accident that leaves his family mourning. This young man has three beautiful young children who are devastated by his death. They will not be able hug him anymore or play with him . He had a mother who is loved him dearly and is in total shock over her sons death. Please people, if you don’t have anything good to say.... just shut the —— up!!!. Millions and millions of people ride motorcycles and that don’t means that they are all lunatics who want to kill them selves and others. Mr Miller loves his children dearly and works very hard to take care of them. He is absolutely not a wreck less rider. This is a terrible accident. My sincere condolences to his friends and family. RIP Roshaun.
July 19, 2019, 7:50 am
Jeff from Brooklyn says:
Let me clue all the idiots that blame the motorcyclist for the accident. Under the DMV, ALL ONCOMING VEHICLES HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY FROM ANY VEHICLES MAKING ANY TURNS. THEREFORE, THE SUV WAS WRONG FOR NOT GIVING THE RIGHT OF WAY TO THE ONCOMING MOTORCYCLE, WHICH CAUSED THE COLLISION NOT "RAMMING." The reporter should go back to school and learn how to write articles using the facts, instead of what she/he thinks what happened. REPORT THE TRUTH NOT FICTION!!!
July 19, 2019, 12:18 pm
Jeff from Brooklyn says:
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge, you are an idiot!!!
July 19, 2019, 3:56 pm
Frank from Furter says:
As we used to say in defensive driving classes you dont want to be dead right.
July 19, 2019, 8:19 pm
Jeff says:
Hey Henry Ford you are still and idiot and should stop talking from your A$$. Get a life AH.
July 20, 2019, 9:57 am
Mike from Brighton Beach says:
No commentary on why an adult father of three leaves his friends to meet a 16-year old at close to midnight? Is that a right of way he also had?
July 26, 2019, 3:55 pm

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