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Cyclist killed in Bushwick hit-and-run

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A driver hit and killed a bicyclist then fled from the scene on Metropolitan Avenue in Bushwick early this morning, police say.

Investigators said the 26-year-old victim was riding near the intersection of Stewart Avenue when he was struck. Police gave no description of the vehicle and did not release the cyclist’s name, though a Facebook page for the indie rock band Total Slacker identified the biker as drummer Terence Connor.

Total Slacker bandleader Tucker Roundtree said Connor had been touring with the psychedelic garage rock group since May.

“Terence was a rare and beautiful soul. He never judged anyone and was such an exciting and optimistic friend,” Roundtree told The Brooklyn Paper. “We all instantaneously became friends with him and loved him. There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for those close to him.”

When police officers arrived at the scene of the crash, they found the cyclist laying in the road with a severe head injury. Emergency responders took him to Woodhull Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The crash occurred on a busy stretch of Metropolitan Avenue that is classified as a local truck route and frequented by many big rigs servicing warehouses in the area.

North Brooklyn has been the site of multiple bicycle fatalities in the past months. Last September, Erica Abbott lost her life after riding over construction debris, falling from her bike, and being struck by a vehicle on Bushwick Avenue.

In October, a truck driver hit and killed artist Matthew LeFevre as he rode on Morgan Avenue — then left the scene. The motorist received traffic summonses but faced no criminal charges.

Updated 4:47 pm, October 1, 2012: Story updated to include a new quote.
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Eden Weiss from Kensington says:
Was the cyclist wearing a helmet????
Oct. 1, 2012, 9:48 pm
ty from pps says:
Eden,
The only correct response is —— You.
Oct. 1, 2012, 11:39 pm
PJ from Bushwick says:
Yes Ty, you are correct. why would you disregard death?
Oct. 2, 2012, 1:04 am
Rob from BB says:
Eden, you should educate yourself on what helmets protect against. I'll give you a brief lesson; helmets will not support the weight of an automobile and they do not create a force field around cyclists.

In fact, when you do your additional reading (which I'm sure you will as a reasonable person who has shown interest in the topic of cyclist safety) you'll find that helmets are actually extremely vulnerable to many types of collisions and are not even close to a "be all end all" safety measure.

Just to point you in the right direction...
http://cyclehelmets.org/papers/c2023.pdf
Oct. 2, 2012, 9:16 am
Other Rob from Parkville says:
So helmets are useless, we shouldn't bother?
Oct. 2, 2012, 1:34 pm
brooklyncyclist from Bushwick says:
Helmets are certainly not useless. They just have a limit to the amount of protection they offer. Falling from your bicycle and hitting your head on the pavement typically will cause a concussion or worse. Helmets are good in these types of accidents. Getting struck by a speeding, 3500 lbs, lump of steel and plastic, helmet or not, will hurt a lot. Forces generated in this type of accident usually are much more than a helmet can withstand.

ALL New Yorkers, drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, need to slow down, have a little more patience and be more aware of their surroundings.
Oct. 2, 2012, 5:22 pm
jimutz from cobble hill says:
As a pedestrian I can only get to 4mph when I'm really huffing it. I don't think that I need to slow down. I am not the problem here.
Oct. 2, 2012, 9:10 pm
zai from atlanta says:
Terence Connor was my cousin, and now I will never see him again. Helmet or not, the roads need to be safer for pedestrians and cyclist. RIP TC
Oct. 3, 2012, 1:02 am
Opus the Poet from The Beautiful Suburbs of Hell says:
Having seen pictures of the bike and the scene, what probably happened was Terrence was hit in the back of the head by a side view mirror on a truck. A similar wreck killed Larry Shwartz in TX back in 2002(?) and shattered his skull inside his helmet but left his bike only slightly scuffed when he fell down. The driver had to have known about the wreck because the impact makes a huge noise like a bomb going off just outside the cab.

IOW wearing a helmet would have made little difference in the survivability of this mode of wreck, and only a slight difference in the amount of clean up after the wreck.
Oct. 3, 2012, 1:38 pm

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