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SUV driver strikes & kills e-bike rider on Fourth Ave. in Sunset Park

May 23, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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SUNSET PARK — AN SUV DRIVER making a left turn onto 53rd Street from Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park Wednesday morning struck and killed an e-bike rider traveling southbound along Fourth, the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad reported. Police responding at 9:10 a.m. found the 49-year-old male bicyclist with trauma to the head and body. He was pronounced deceased at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. The 40-year-old man driving the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado remained on the scene and there, with no arrests made. Since 2022, there have been 31 serious injuries along Fourth Avenue from Flatbush Avenue to 64th Street, according to a statement Thursday from Transportation Alternatives (TA). Last June, the Fix Fourth Avenue Coalition sent a letter asking DOT to reinstate the protected bike lane during the avenue’s reconstruction, as required by law, but received no response from DOT, the group said.

TA joined other organizations and a host of local officials last year to call for street improvements and extended bike lanes through two campaigns: Fix Fourth Avenue and Finish Fourth Avenue. “Mayor Adams must immediately finish Fourth Avenue by completing long-promised safety upgrades that slow down drivers and increase visibility at intersections along the entire corridor,” TA’s Elizabeth Adams said.


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