Death of 58-Year-Old Man on McGuinness Boulevard Marks Spike in Deadly Bike Collisions

Near the intersection of McGuiness Boulevard and Norman Ave where the deadly bike collision occurred on Tuesday (courtesy of Ben Weiss)

A 58-year-old cyclist died after being run over by a box truck on McGuinness Boulevard near Norman Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

 

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The NY Post reports:

The 58-year-old, whose name has not been released pending family notification, was on the southbound side of McGuiness Avenue at 3:51 p.m. when he was hit by the truck headed in the same direction, according to police.

EMS rushed the man to Bellevue Hospital, where he died, cops said.

It was unclear if the man was moving when he was hit or had fallen off his bike, according to the NYPD. No arrests have been made and the department is still investigating.

 

The past 24 hours have seen two bike deaths in NYC and a number of bike collisions. Earlier on Tuesday, 17-year-old Alex Cordero was hit by a tow truck in Staten Island, according to SI Live:

Cordero was riding his bicycle when he collided with a tow truck at the corner of Clove Road and Castleton Avenue at 12:03 p.m., an NYPD spokesman said.

Cordero suffered severe trauma as a result of the crash, and when officers responded to the scene after a 911 call, they found the boy lying in the roadway.

EMS rushed the boy in critical condition to Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton, where he was pronounced dead, the spokesman said.

A preliminary investigation by the NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad revealed a 38-year-old male was operating the tow truck on Clove Road when it collided with the bicyclist riding westbound on Castleton Avenue, according to a written statement from the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.

The operator of the tow truck, who works for L&S Towing, remained at the scene, police said.

 

Earlier this morning in Queens, a 28-year-old cyclist was rushed to the hospital and is “clinging to life” after an SUV driver struck him, according to Gothamist:

The unidentified 28-year-old was riding along Woodhaven Boulevard near Jamaica Avenue when he was hit by the driver of a 2019 Nissan SUV, according to police. The victim was found at around 1 a.m. this morning lying unresponsive in the road, with severe bodily trauma, police said.

The cyclist is believed to be clinging to life at Jamaica Hospital. Police say the driver was not immediately charged, and an investigation is ongoing.

Another cyclist was also said to have been struck by a driver in Jackson Heights, Queens earlier this morning.

The number of NYC cyclist deaths has risen to 17 so far this year compared to 10 cyclist deaths in 2018.

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3 Comments

  1. Bikes Belong in Parks says:

    While 17 cyclist have died… how many of the drivers have been charged? Thus showing the true problem.. these bike riders are not following the laws of the road. I see it all the time around Greenpoint…. bikers riding the wrong way on One-Way streets, not stopping at stop signs or traffic lights, not using hand/arm signals when making turns and 75% do not wear helmets or reflective clothing.

    When you don’t follow the rules, it’s easy to blame drivers, but the reality is, you brought this upon your self.

    And to those cyclists who will say they are perfect angels on the road and follow every law, give us all a break… you are full of it. We all see you and cameras catch it all.

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  2. Mutley says:

    While this is very sad to hear that this happened, however, who in their right mind would ride their bicycle on McGuiness Boulevard ?

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  3. paul says:

    Hello hipsters, a tremendous increase in bikes with everything you want delivered by truck is called Murphy’s law.

    I am amazed two or three people a day are not killed this way in Greenpoint.

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