Bicyclist in critical condition after Midwood car crash

Bicyclist in critical condition after Midwood car crash
Photo by Derrick Waterson

An 87-year-old bicyclist is in critical condition after a car struck him in Midwood, according to police.

The cyclist was riding near the intersection of Ocean Parkway near Avenue P shortly after 10 am when a 36-year-old motorist behind the wheel of a Cadillac struck him.

First responders rushed the biker to Maimonides hospital in critical condition, according to authorities.

Police Department spokesman Martin Brown claimed the bicyclist had run a red light when the incident occurred — but witnesses contradict Brown’s claims, saying the car “came out of nowhere,” according to the Daily News.

The driver has not been arrested but was issued a sobriety test at the scene, and the investigation remains ongoing.

Twenty-five cyclists have died in car accidents in New York City this year — including 16 in Brooklyn — marking a sharp increase from the 10 biker killed city-wide last year.

Reach reporter Ben Verde at (718) 260–2525 or by e-mail at bverde@schnepsmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @verde_nyc.