Cyclist In Critical Condition After Being Hit By Sanitation Truck

Photo: Zainab Iqbal/Bklyner

GOWANUS – A cyclist is fighting for his life after being hit by a driver of a sanitation truck last night.

On Sunday, September 8 at around 9:30 p.m., a 62-year-old man was riding his e-bike in Gowanus. When he was at the corner of 12th St. and Third Ave, a driver in a Lomangino Bros. sanitation truck was attempting to make a left turn when he struck the cyclist.

The cyclist was transported to Methodist Hospital where he is in critical condition.

This has been a horrible year for cyclists, as of now 20 cyclists have been killed after being struck by drivers of vehicles. Many, like the bike rider in Sunset Park two weeks ago, have been struck but survived. And the year isn’t even over yet.

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Zainab Iqbal

Zainab is a staff reporter at Bklyner who sometimes writes poetry in her free time ||


  1. I was on my bike when I rode past this incident right after it happened on Sunday night. Many blocks were cordoned off by the police, and I asked them if I could ride on the sidewalk. I stopped to talk to them, and one officer said that the problem was “too many bikes, the mayor is trying to make this a “green” city and encouraging too many people to ride their bikes.” I told him that was NOT the problem, and as he must know better than anyone, the problem is too many distracted drivers who aren’t paying attention. But FYI, this is how some cops are thinking and the reason they rarely, if ever, cite the motorists who are involved in bike accidents.

  2. This city was not designed for bikes. It will never be safe for bikes. Period. Full stop. The advocates of biking in this city have blood on their hands.

  3. As a matter of fact, Ocean Parkway was designed for bikes in 1894. And, NY’s famous grid plan predates cars by a good few years. And drivers opening doors, trucks taking aggressive left turns and drivers speeding through red lights kill bikers. Not transit advocates. Full stop. Period. And all that.

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