Gothamist has an interview today with the mother of Mathieu Lefevre, the 30-year-old Brooklyn artist from Canada who was hit by a truck and killed in East Williamsburg while biking last week. Lefevre’s mother, Erika, said that the family was told to go to the NYPD Accident Investigation Squad, and the detective there never returned their phone calls. Police decided there was no criminality in the incident, but didn’t directly tell the family:
It is very disturbing to read an article in the Wall Street Journal quoting a police spokesman saying they were not pressing charges–when we haven’t even been told. It is very disturbing to find that information has been released to the media that we, the immediate family, have not been told! We contacted the Canadian Embassy and they were not helpful either, at least not so far.
In Canada, if you hit a cyclist, whether you have seen him or not, it’s your fault. You can’t claim, ‘Oh, I didn’t see him. It was an accident.’ You are charged and arrested. But we don’t even know what happened because the NYPD tells us they don’t have information about whatever investigation was conducted! I have to read in the paper that my son ran a red light? Why is that released to the press but the NYPD can’t tell us that?
The family is holding a press conference right now at 1 Police Plaza to pressure cops to find the driver of the flatbed truck that hit Lefevre.