Southern Brooklyn

Bicyclist Killed In Deadly Gravesend Collision

Intersection of West 9th Street and Avenue T. Source: Google Maps

There is no shortage of tragic reminders about how dangerous reckless bicycling can be in New York.

Thirty-nine-year-old Bath Beach resident Joseph Granati was pronounced dead after the bike he was riding collided with a 2002 Nissan Altima at the Gravesend intersection of West 9th Street and Avenue T just after 3 p.m. on Sunday, according to The Daily News.

Police officers on the scene reported that the unidentified 24-year-old driver who Granati crashed into had the right of way and that Granati — whose head reportedly “smashed through the rear passenger-side window of the car” when he tried to turn onto Avenue T off of West 9th — had gone through the red light and was killed upon impact.

The driver stayed at the accident scene and was not charged with any crime.

It is unknown whether or not Granati was wearing a safety helmet.


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  1. This is a shame – but you see this all the time in Manhattan with the bike messengers. They are hurt or killed, or hurt others, because they don’t obey traffic laws or signals. Unfortunately for them, they think that they own the road, but a car is a lethal weapon and they can’t compete with that.

  2. Heard that just the other day someone was fined over $300 for running a red light on a bike. Just proves that fines no matter how high will not act as a deterrent. You just have to pay attention and be careful no matter what mode of transportation you are using.

  3. “Just proves that fines no matter how high will not act as a deterrent.”

    Well, I don’t know about that. That guy probably won’t be running a red light any time soon. At least not in front of the NYPD. Right? Deterrent succeeds!

  4. So now we have 2 important things we need to be passed, Strict Bike laws, and Senior citizen Retaking the Driving Test.


  5. One of my former co-workers was hit and really hurt by one of these butt head bike messengers. He tore her dress and stockings. Even worse, he tore a hunk of flesh from her leg – but he just kept right on going even though his bicycle stopped when he hit her. Some of these bike people are animals. They just don’t care. Most of these accidents are THEIR fault, not the cars. What kills me also, when they get tickets, their companies, not the bikers, pay for them. So, I guess it’s OK to disobey the law.

  6. It’s very sad, very sad. But I have to repeat here. Based on my experience in the neighborhood, roughly ZERO percent of the cyclists obey the traffic rules. How many of these situations must occur before they do? Blaming the cars isn’t a solution.

  7. i disagree. What you heard is the exception. I haven’t heard any emphasis on fining or arresting such cyclists. They’re treated like jaywalkers, almost as if it’s one of those crimes that should be ignored.

  8. Of course it’s the exception. Maybe one in a thousand is fined. (No one is arrested.) Because that’s what the City does. The have a totally ridiculous fine that they rarely enforce unless you’re the unlucky schmuck that get’s caught. I would rather see a $25 fine that is widely enforced than a $300 one that is rarely enforced. Something like 1200 tickets given out last year. Compare that with the number of tickets given out to motorists.

  9. As a cyclist I have to tell you that red lights and stop signs should be considered yield signs for cyclists. It just isnt practical to stop at evry stop sign and wait for every light. The same way pedestrians cross at a red light when the street is clear.
    Having said that I think that adults riding on the sidewalk and cyclists riding the wrong way on one way streets are a__holes. So are the ones who just blow through red lights or weave through people crossing the street.

  10. I’ll take your compromise. It beats the current cyclist policy, which is, that a red light or stop sign means blow a whistle, and if the pedestrian can make a run for it, he’s got a shot at living.

  11. Guess I wasn’t clear. There have been several stories in the news about cyclists given $300 tickets for running red lights and the City has mad a big deal regarding the few tickets they gave out so I assumed that all cyclists had heard about it but still don’t care and are still doing it. So I was surprised to hear that someone who was killed had gone through a red light because most people make sure there are no cars anywhere around when they do that. So I figured a lack of attention to one’s surroundings was more of a factor than the red light.

    The most recent ticket I heard about was given to an actor who was somewhat famous. The cop gave him the ticket then apologized because he had just let Robin Williams off with a warning who didn’t realize riding on the sidewalk was illegal. The cop told the actor it wouldn’t look good for him if he gave him special treatment after not fining Robin Williams.

  12. actually, i find riding the wrong way on a one-way street safer. i can see the car approaching me, and bear closer to the parked cars, rather than not see the car coming in from behind unexpectadely. by looking at the car head on, i can see if its going in a straight line, or swerving, if swerving too much, stand in the driveway between the parked cars.

  13. My hate and ire for cyclists borders close to unreasonable. I’ve had too
    many close calls because of them. I am 100% against bicycles as a mode of
    transportation in a city like this without Separate paths that separate them
    from vehicles, preferably off road level.

  14. In the early days of automobiles there were a lot of people who wanted to keep both automobiles and bicyclists off the roads. Both were considered dangerous. Not that horses are that safe either.

    It’s all perspective.

  15. This is today however, and today Vehicles are the primary mode of
    transportation. Our cities are designed around them. In the future when
    we’re using different tech to move around the circumstances may be
    different. But it’s just idiocy to allow an unprotected bag of flesh
    intentionally share traffic space with 2 tons of metal and plastic.
    Accidents HAPPEN, Reckless Drivers and Bikers happen more often. People DIE.
    End of story. No matter who’s at fault Drivers get the blame.

  16. It worked when bicyclists knew that they had they had to be more aware of the road than drivers. There are more bicyclists today that don’t understand the seriousness of what they are engaging in. There may well be more reckless bicyclists, but that is merely because there are more bicycles on the road today.

    Bicycles are currently part of the plan to reduce pollution and reduce energy costs. Since fuel costs keep getting higher there will be more bicyclists in the foreseeable future. What needs to be done now is to find ways of accommodating bicyclists safely while not impacting motorized transportation to a crippling degree. But this has to be accomplished within the existing infrastructure. Therein lies the difficulty.

  17. I’ve been Joe’s safety coordinator for the past 6 years and he had an excellent safety record. He was a true professional, and a kind and generous man. His friends and family are grieving for him, you should all be ashamed of yourselves for your nasty comments.

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