WILLIAMSBURG – A cycle that doesn’t seem to end. Another cyclist was struck and run over by a tanker truck, which did not care enough to stay at the scene.
On February 28 at around 11:36 p.m., cops responded to a collision on Broadway near Marcy Avenue and found a young woman on the road with trauma to her body. She was declared dead at the scene.
According to the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad, a grey/silver tanker vehicle was traveling eastbound on Broadway, approaching Rodney Street. The 25-year-old cyclist was also riding her bike eastbound on Broadway when the driver struck her, drove over her and fled the scene.
In the video above, an MTA bus is shown to be parked near the victim. The bus driver may have discovered the body, though cops have not confirmed it yet. The victim has also not been identified yet, awaiting proper family notification.
At that location, there are no protected bike lanes. According to Transportation Alternatives, a bike lane could have saved her.
“This crash happened just blocks from the Williamsburg Bridge, in an area where bicycling is expected to skyrocket on nights and weekends when L train service to Manhattan will be reduced or nonexistent,” Joe Cutrufo, a spokesperson for TransAlt said. “Broadway, like most streets in the five boroughs, lacks protected lanes for New Yorkers who bike. So, on streets like these, we’re forced to take our lives into our own hands and hope drivers will yield the right of way.”
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Cops say the driver may have left the scene because they weren’t aware they hit someone, other news outlets are reporting, but they did not confirm reasons for such speculation.