Cyclist killed at deadly Williamsburg intersection

The intersection of Metropolitan and Graham has claimed the lives of two cyclists since 2017.
Photo by Julianne Cuba

A 33-year-old cyclist was killed by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus driver on Graham Avenue on Wednesday, according to police. 

Cyclist Adrian De Los Santos was riding a pedal-assist e-bike near Metropolitan Avenue at around 8:30 pm, according to authorities, who say he was heading northbound alongside the bus when he was suddenly struck.

Medics brought De Los Santos to Bellevue Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The 50-year-old operator of the MTA bus was not injured and stayed at the scene. No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing, according to cops. An MTA spokesperson said the agency will work with NYPD on the matter. 

De Los Santos is the 25th cyclist to be killed in New York City this year, marking the second year in a row that traffic fatalities have risen despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero pledge.

The intersection was the site of another fatal crash three years ago when a truck driver killed a 30-year-old cyclist. 

Safer streets activists blasted the de Blasio administration on Thursday for taking no action to make the intersection safer, and continuing to allow cyclists and pedestrians to be killed each day across the city.

“We can’t wait for action from Albany. We can’t wait for the next mayor. Mayor de Blasio controls the streets of New York City and he must take immediate steps today to get Vision Zero back on track and keep New Yorkers alive,” said Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Danny Harris. “No New Yorker should fear death or injury on our streets. Mayor de Blasio, we demand action now.”