Biker and driver collide on Third Avenue - Brooklyn Paper

Biker and driver collide on Third Avenue

Blood on the street: A sports utility vehicle and a motorcycle collided on Third Avenue between 69th Street and Ovington Avenue on Sept. 21.
Photo by Mark Mellone

The streets are running red in Bay Ridge.

A motorcycle slammed into the side of a sport-utility vehicle on Third Avenue on Sept. 21 — marking the third crash to bloody the area’s pavement in two weeks.

Police said the driver of the larger vehicle attempted an illegal U-turn at 4:08 pm between Ovington Avenue and 69th Street. The biker collided with the passenger door, and — according to eyewitnesses — briefly wound up underneath the gas-guzzler while it was still in motion.

“He drove a few feet before they got him to stop,” said Arlene Rutuelo, owner of nearby Nordic Delicacies.

Ruteulo described a horrific scene, as the biker lay on the street with his helmet smashed and neck broken.

“It was horrible, and that should never happen along these thoroughfares,” said Rutuelo.

Other local business owners echoed Rutuelo’s account.

“The guy was laid out, there was blood everywhere,” said Sam Dabas, owner of the Family Store next door. “It looked horrible.”

An ambulance rushed the motorcyclist to Lutheran Medical Center in serious condition, while police issued the driver of the sport-utility vehicle with three summonses.

A hit-and-run driver struck 14-year-old Jackson McLeer at 86th Street and Fourth Avenue on Sept. 11. The teen suffered a broken hip and a lacerated liver. A pick-up truck and a minivan collided at 75th Street and 13th Avenue in nearby Dyker Heights on Sept. 17 — sending the truck crashing into a nearby bus stop, where it struck and killed a 71-year-old man.

Rutuelo and Dabas both recalled another motorcycle accident occurring just a block away less than a month ago, though neither could not say what the cause was.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him attwitter.com/WillBredderman.

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