Two more bicyclists were killed in New York City traffic this week. Last night a 60-year-old man was killed near Rockaway Beach as he attempted to change lanes. The cyclist, whose identity hasn’t yet been released, was taken to the hospital, where he died. Police arrested Jonathan Rincon, the 21-year-old behind the wheel of the Acura that struck the man, for driving with a suspended license.
Monday morning, a 29-year-old cyclist was killed when he tried to pass a truck turning right off of Metropolitan onto Gardner Ave. The truck’s bumper hit the cyclist and threw him under the wheel, where, despite his helmet, “his head was crushed.“
Police reviewed surveillance camera footage of the incident and determined that the bicyclist was at fault.
The two deaths come just weeks after two high-profile cycling deaths. Ray Deter, owner of the d.b.a bars, was struck by a car while riding on Canal Street and died of his injuries July 3.
Marilyn Dershowitz, a former Manhattan Supreme Court referee and the sister-in-law of Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, was riding with her husband 29th Street near 9th Avenue when a postal truck killed her.
There were 12 bicyclist fatalities in 2009, the last year for which there are published records. The fatality count has hovered in the high teens and twenties over the last decade, but the New York City Department of Transportation maintains that cycling in the city has actually gotten considerably safer in recent years, because death and injury rates have remained relatively steady even as ridership has more than tripled.