BROOKLYN, NY – A 67-year-old cyclist in Flatbush was struck and killed by an MTA bus Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Clarendon Road, Gothamist reports. The man represents the second New York bicycle fatality in 2020.
According to an NYPD spokesperson, Tadeusz Czajkowski was riding his bike north on Rogers when he attempted to turn left onto Clarendon. He was struck by an unidentified 47-year-old bus driver who was also headed north and was continuing straight through the intersection.
Police said that Czajkowski, a Greenpoint resident, was thrown from his bike in the collision. Emergency responders transported him to NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, where he was pronounced dead.
The bus driver remained on the scene and cooperated with police. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
Bicycle Accidents and the MTA
Preventable bicycle accidents have become a major controversy in New York over the last several years, with bicycling advocacy groups contending that the city is not doing enough to protect cyclists from motor vehicles, and failing to prosecute drivers who cause fatalities. Cycling fatalities are far down this year relative to 2019, although there are several mitigating factors: the ongoing COVID stay-at-home policy is keeping more cyclists at home, and the city has not yet entered the summer months, the busiest for cyclers.
Bicyclists who have been injured by an MTA employee, or families of cyclists who have been killed by an MTA employee, should keep in mind that the statute of limitations for filing a claim against the City of New York is just 90 days. That means a plaintiff has only 90 days after the date of the incident to file a lawsuit, or risk seeing it thrown out by the court.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident involving the MTA, the law office of Finz & Finz, P.C., would like to hear from you. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced New York bicycle accident attorneys.