Doored: Cyclist injured after smashing into open car door Downtown

Doored: Cyclist injured after smashing into open car door Downtown
Photo by Kevin Duggan

Paramedics took an injured cyclist to the hospital on Monday after someone doored him on Jay Street Downtown.

The biker was coming down the bustling thoroughfare, headed towards the Brooklyn Bridge, and slammed into a parked car’s open passenger side door when he cycled from the street into the bike lane between two potted plants at the corner of Willoughby Street just before 3:30 pm, according to a witness at the scene.

“He opened the door and he was driving in fast into that lane,” said Joe, who didn’t want to give her last name.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and helped the guy, who was limping as they guided him to the ambulance.

The man, who is in his 30s, was not seriously injured and emergency personnel brought him to Brooklyn Hospital, according to a spokeswoman for the Police Department.

At the scene, a cop car idled next to the bike lane — in the same spot the car in question was parked, according to Joe.

“How the cop car is, that’s how the car was parked,” she said.

The vehicle was no longer on the scene and Joe and other bystanders didn’t want to tell this reporter whether the driver fled.

The police spokeswoman could not immediately provide any information on the person who opened the door.

Just a few feet away, a driver in December struck a cyclist, who claimed she swerved out of the same bike lane to avoid a parked police van.

The Boys in Blue cuffed that driver after they caught up with him as he tried to flee the scene.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Scene of the crash: The cyclist’s bike lay in between the two potted plants where he reportedly tried to ride from the street into the bike lane before someone in a car – parked where the police car stood afterwards – opened the passenger door that the man slammed into, according to one bystander.
Kevin Duggan