Sunset Park cyclist killed in collision with tractor-trailer
This marks the 13th cyclist killed in Brooklyn so far this year.
A Sunset Park cyclist was killed Monday morning, hit by an oncoming tractor-trailer after swerving to avoid a parked car’s opening door, police said.
The 30-year-old woman was identified identified as Em Samolewicz. She is the 18th rider killed on city streets in 2019 and the first since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his Green Wave plan for cycling safety.
Cyclist deaths have skyrocketed in 2019. The woman is the 13th cyclist killed in Brooklyn alone so far this year, a sharp uptick from the total of 10 killed citywide in 2018.
The rider was heading north on Third Avenue in Sunset Park near 36th Street — as was the tractor-trailer — around 9 a.m. There are no bike lanes on Third Avenue near the site of the crash. The driver of the tractor-trailer remained at the scene, and no arrests were immediately made, according to police.