MANHATTAN, NY – A woman riding a bicycle was struck and killed by an MTA bus driver on the Upper East Side Tuesday morning.
Gothamist reports that the accident occurred just before 9:00 a.m. on June 16. The cyclist, a 19-year-old woman, was riding south on Fifth Avenue. As she reached the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, she was struck by a BxM10 MTA bus.
The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released her name or any other identifying information to the public at this time.
The New York Fire Department stated that emergency medical personnel transported a second person to the hospital at 8:52 a.m. However, the police have not yet confirmed whether this second injury was a result of the crash.
The MTA bus driver remained at the scene after the accident. The accident is still under investigation, and it is unclear whether or not the driver will face charges.
Bicycle Accidents in NYC
This bicycle accident was the seventh cycling fatality in New York City this year, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan. The goal of this plan is to bring the number of traffic fatalities to zero across New York City by 2024. However, with three bicycle fatalities since the start of June, this plan does not appear to have adequately reduced the serious risks bicyclists face on the road.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a bicycle accident? If so, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact the New York bicycle accident attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C. to start your injury claim today.