NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Another cyclist has been killed in New York City, the 19th so far this year.
Witnesses said the man riding the-now mangled bicycle had no time to react when two vehicles collided at the intersection of Coney Island Avenue and Avenue L in Midwood, Brooklyn, on Sunday afternoon.
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One woman told CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez she saw the crash from her apartment window.
A two-car crash in Brooklyn resulted in the death of a man on a bicycle. It marked the 19th cyclist killed in the city this year. (Photo: CBS2)
“I couldn’t believe it. It was just terrible. I thought everybody got killed,” the woman said.
The incident happened just before 12:30 p.m. Surveillance video from a nearby bakery shows a grey car going southbound on Coney Island Avenue, running through a red light at the intersection of Avenue L. The car then crashes into a blue SUV that had the right of way, sending it spinning onto the sidewalk and not before hitting a 52-year-old male cyclist who had just pulled up to the corner.
“He didn’t stand a chance. It was so fast,” the woman said.
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Simon Gifter said he was walking to his car when he heard the collision. He said people immediately ran to help.
“There were a lot of good Samaritans pulling the car off, trying to move it a little bit so they could move that cyclist out from underneath,” Gifter said. “They were also rescuing the driver of the blue minivan. They were trying to … they were taking a while to get him out. He looked very hurt.”
Police said the cyclist suffered head trauma and was rushed to a nearby hospital, but couldn’t be saved. The 38 year old driver of the SUV and another 52-year-old man were hospitalized but are expected to be all right.
The 18-year-old driver of the grey car was arrested. Charges against him are still pending.