Cyclist suffers serious injuries in Downtown crash

The 2017 Subaru was towed to the 84th Precinct’s Gold Street station house with heavy damage.
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A motorist smashed into a cyclist near the Manhattan Bridge entrance ramp in Downtown Brooklyn during the morning rush Friday, sending him to a Park Slope medical center with serious injuries.

The cyclist was crossing the Flatbush Avenue Extension along Concord Street astride his Raleigh 10-speed at 9:15 am, when the operator of a Manhattan Bridge-bound 2017 Subaru struck him broadside, according to officers from the 84th Precinct.

The impact sent the bike rider over the hood, and left a spiderweb crack smeared across the driver’s front windshield.

Firefighters rushed to provide aid to the wounded cyclist, who a witness claimed was “in and out of consciousn­ess,” before transporting him to Methodist Hospital in Park Slope.

His condition at press time was not immediately known.

The 27-year-old driver remained at the scene and claimed he was proceeding through a “steady green light” when the cyclist wearing headphones and no helmet attempted to ford Concord Street.

“We were all speeding up to go onto the bridge, when [the biker] was crossing in the middle of the intersecti­on,” said the driver, a Bay Ridge resident, who declined to provide his name. “I didn’t see him at first, because he crossed in front of a truck on my right, somehow didn’t get hit by the truck, and by the time I saw him, it was too late.”

The car suffered heavy damage to the windshield, hood, bumper and side mirror, and had to be towed away, according to the driver, who said he had just had the vehicle detailed. The bicycle suffered a bent rim and police towed it to the 84th Precinct’s Gold Street station house.

Traffic on Flatbush Avenue was backed up to as far as the Atlantic Terminal Mall as a result of the crash, and the lower level of Manhattan Bridge on the Manhattan-bound side was closed for about an hour and a half.

Twenty-four people have been killed riding bicycles this year, including 17 in Brooklyn, after an unlicensed driver struck and killed 10-year-old Dalerjon Shahobiddinov on Foster Avenue in Kensington on Oct. 5.

Updated 1:45 pm, October 11, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Dan Miller from Crown Heights says:
Your article notes that the bicyclist was wearing headphones, but doesn't ask whether the driver was speeding or distracted by his cell phone?
Oct. 11, 2019, 2:15 pm
Fidd;e Faddle from Flatlands says:
Bicycles do not belong on bridges. Especially if they are texting or distracted by cell phones. They can be seen on pedestrian paths at all times of the day and night totally ignoring pedestrians at all speeds.
Oct. 11, 2019, 5:44 pm
Curious from Park Slope says:
If the driver is from Bay Ridge, why doesn't his car have a front license plate?
Oct. 11, 2019, 8:10 pm
jdg from PH says:
It's difficult to believe a dent like that would be made unless the driver was speeding. Also, where is the legally required front license plate? Furthermore, cyclists are not required to wear helmets.
Oct. 11, 2019, 8:11 pm
Ban Cars from Brooklyn says:
I’m sure this shmuck driving a souped up Subaru with a race car spoiler on the back is a very careful driver. Let’s only hear his side of the story while the victim floats in and out of consciousness in a hospital.
Oct. 11, 2019, 8:33 pm
Risa Hustad says:
Who cares if the driver was speeding? That vehicle isn't legal to be on the road. No plates, tinted windows. Let's see this citations.
Oct. 12, 2019, 9:34 am
Fiddle Faddle from Flatlands says:
Contrary to the failed policies of Transportation Alternatives, Deblasio and his DOT, Bike Paths fails to prevent accidents or fatalities. Only safer pedal pushing will do that.
Oct. 12, 2019, 10:48 am
Maey from BedStuy says:
driver admits to speeding
Oct. 12, 2019, 11:12 pm
Gee from Bay Ridge says:
Because having a green light makes it OK to run people over.
Oct. 13, 2019, 8:22 am
BklynLocal from Brooklyn says:
I personally saw a similar situation right near there, on Tillary St and Flatbush Ave not too long ago. A cyclist also rushed a red on their end, while the light turned green for cars going west on Tillary, and proceeded like it was his way of right across 4 lanes of traffic. That was especially dangerous because if there was one empty lane, cars coming in farther into the lane down would not have seen him. Defensive driving says to slow down if cars at the start of the intersection are standing. That afternoon had lots of traffic and drivers across the line had enough smarts to not floor it seeing other cars still standing. This dude got lucky. It's a very wide swath of street. He should've stayed in the middle median if he miscalculated. Who wears headphones, add on top the "no helmet" in that part of town and shoots a red! That is just plain reckless. I haven't commuted via that part in a while but adding a few extra seconds of Red on both sides of the light could help these crazy newbies.
Oct. 14, 2019, 2:55 pm
Driver from Bay ridge says:
First of all, no one was speeding. We were all coming at steady 30 mph on a 25 mph limit going into the bridge that has a posted 35 mph. Multiple witnesses including a traffic agent confirm that the cyclist was negligent by wearing headphones, going against traffic on a one way street, not using the cross walk, and crossing while there was a hard Green light for cars. I will be suing him for the damages on my car that I had to paid for because of his stupidity. This article is wrong, the cyclist was not unconscious he was fine and talking to everyone. I have video of it. For those saying it’s a souped up car because of a factory wing, learn about cars before sounding like an idiot.
Oct. 14, 2019, 3:03 pm
Harre' Krispes from Gerritsen Creek says:
Harre' says, that Empirical evidence proves that bike lanes cause accidents and fatalities not prevent them. 25 deaths and counting. Stop TA ,DOT .and deBlasio. they are the cause not the solution
Oct. 14, 2019, 3:07 pm
BklynLocal from Brooklyn says:
The city needs to push/perk some defensive driving/cycling courses on cyclists and give them a free helmet and blinking light for their bike. Adding many new young cyclists and swaths of lanes without educating them seems wrong.
Oct. 14, 2019, 3:08 pm

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