A hit-and-run driver left an e-bike rider in critical condition in Windsor Terrace early on Friday morning.
NYPD officers responded to a 911 call reporting a collision at the intersection of 10th Avenue and 18th Street just after midnight on Friday, and arrived to find the e-bike rider collapsed on the ground, unconscious, unresponsive, and with “severe body trauma.”
EMS rushed the unidentified cyclist to Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Cops say the man was riding south on 10th Avenue and entering the intersection when he was struck by the driver of an SUV traveling westbound on 18th Street. The driver fled the scene.
The cyclist may be a delivery driver: Streetsblog reported that a Grubhub bag was found near the scene, as were the remains of the bike and gloves often worn by delivery workers.
Spokespersons for the NYPD, Grubhub, and delivery workers collective Los Deliveristas Unidos were unable to confirm if the man was a delivery worker by press time.
Intersections are some of the deadliest parts of the city’s streetscape: 55 percent of pedestrian deaths and 79 percent of pedestrian injuries occur in intersections, according to the Department of Transportation. Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday announced an initiative to introduce traffic calming infrastructure at 1,000 intersections citywide.
The mayor also announced that the city would start doubling down on enforcement of failure to yield violations, and would start to enforce a new rule requiring motorists and cyclists fully stop at intersections when a pedestrian is crossing, rather than yield, if the intersection has no stoplights or stop signs. The intersection where the incident occurred has a stop sign for traffic on 10th Avenue, but nothing for 18th Street traffic.