BRONX, NY – The New York police department identified 38-year-old Jose Luis Estudillo Garcia as the bicyclist killed by a box truck on Thursday afternoon.
The accident occurred on Park Avenue near 138th Street at approximately 4:52 p.m. on June 11. According to Gothamist, Garcia—a father of two—was biking home from work at Le Gourmet Manhattan when he encountered a truck that was double-parked in the street. Garcia attempted to navigate around the parked truck but lost control of his bicycle and fell. A 20-foot-long 1999 box truck ran over Garcia as it was exiting a commercial garage.
An officer from the NYPD pronounced Garcia dead on the scene of the accident.
The box truck driver is not facing criminal charges at this time, but the accident is still under investigation.
Bicycle Accidents in New York City
Serious bicycle accidents are an all-too-common common occurrence in our community. Jose Garcia was the sixth cyclist killed by a car in New York City in 2020 alone. Although boroughs such as Manhattan and Brooklyn have taken steps to make bicycling safer, the measures they have adopted are not sufficient. In the first quarter of 2020, there was a 62% increase in the number of bicycle injuries in the Bronx.
Collisions with vehicles are one of the greatest risks cyclists face on New York City roadways. These accidents frequently result in severe and even life-threatening injuries because bicycles have no protection in the event of a crash.
If you or a loved one were injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to signification compensation. The New York City bicycle accident lawyers at Finz & Finz P.C., are prepared to fight to help you secure justice. Contact Finz & Finz P.C., today for a free consultation.