Kensington

10-year-old cyclist killed by man driving without license: police

October 7, 2019 Noah Goldberg

A 10-year-old boy riding his bike in Kensington was struck and killed by a man driving a car without a license Saturday, according to police.

Dalerjon Shahobiddinov was riding his bike through a crosswalk near the intersection of Seton Place and Foster Avenue — an area without bike lanes — when 29-year-old Victor Mejia tried to make a turn in a 2002 Ford SUV onto Foster Avenue and struck the boy, killing him, according to police.

Mejia was charged on the scene with failure to yield to a bicyclist, driving without a license and failure to exercise due care.

Safe streets advocates called on the City Council to pass Speaker Corey Johnson’s “streets master plan” bill — which calls for rapidly expanding the city’s protected bike lane network — in light of Dalerjon’s death.

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“We press members of the New York City Council, and especially those in Brooklyn, which has seen the most bicyclist deaths this year, to pass Speaker Corey Johnson’s Streets Master Plan bill, which would systematically address streets across the city, like Foster Avenue where the crash took place, that have no accommodations for people on bikes,” the group said in a statement.

Shahobiddinov was the 16th rider killed this year in Brooklyn — six more people than were killed citywide in all of 2018.

Mayor Bill de Blasio responded in July to the increasing cyclist deaths by announcing his “Green Wave” plan, which promises more than $50 million dollars to expand the city’s protected bike lane network by 30 miles per year, as opposed to 20.


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