Drunk Driver Kills Teen Cyclist In Gerritsen Beach, Police Say

An FDNY ambulance.
An FDNY ambulance. (Photo: Tomás Fano / Flickr)

A teenage bicyclist was killed Sunday night during a head-on collision with a drunk driver in Gerritsen Beach, police say.

Sean Ryan, 17, was riding his bicycle north in the median on Gerritsen Avenue around 9pm when a white Honda Accord traveling in the opposite direction drifted out of its lane and struck him, according to the NYPD. Emergency responders pronounced Ryan dead at the scene. The fatal crash occurred a half mile from Ryan’s Gerritsen Beach home — at the intersection with Gotham Avenue, according to the NYPD.

Police arrested the driver, 24-year-old Bay Ridge resident Thomas Groarke, and charged him with driving while intoxicated as well as vehicular manslaughter.

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  1. Our way of handling drunk drivers and preventing them from getting behind the wheel seems to be a failure. So many innocent people are murdered each year by those who drink and drive. I wonder how they handle this in other industrialized countries with large auto ownership?

  2. This is why we have Uber and Lyft.
    A small cab fare is a lot cheaper than a world of pain, these poor families will, for the rest of their lives, have to endure. As well, the drivers’, whom constantly, continue to get behind the wheel, while impaired.

  3. how sad. This is the third story of a driver killing a person in Brooklyn. Stop speeding and/or drinking. Especially young men!

  4. I served as a juror on a trial with similar circumstances. According to the NY law in 2003, that guy will be charged with murder in the 2nd degree because alcohol is involved. That was the law as read to us at the time. I forget the max sentence, but it was at least 25 years…. we ended up convicting the guy, but not of the 2nd degee charge. The guy’s family thanked us on the way out, even though we convicted him… the newspapers actually had a little story the day after.


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