E-biker killed by school bus driver in Brownsville

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A woman was killed Friday morning while riding an e-bike in Brownsville, after being struck by the driver of a yellow school bus.

Police found an unconscious, unresponsive, and injured 32-year-old woman lying in the roadway at Saint Marks Avenue and Eastern Parkway in Brownsville at about 11:20 am, the city’s Department of Transportation said. The woman was transported to Brookdale Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her identity is currently being withheld.

According to DOT, investigators concluded that the woman was struck by a 48-year-old man driving a school bus; the driver remained on scene and is not under criminal investigation.

The woman is the first cyclist to die on New York City’s streets in 2022, Streetsblog reports.

Eastern Parkway features a separated bike path along its picturesque stretch between Grand Army Plaza and Ralph Ave, but no bike path east of that.

Safe streets advocate Danny Harris, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, lamented the woman’s death, and noted the thoroughfare’s status as a “priority corridor” with high numbers of pedestrian injuries and deaths. The intersection at Saint Marks and Eastern Parkway is also intersected by Rockaway Avenue, creating a “deadly” six-way crossing.

 “Brooklyn streets remain horrifically deadly for pedestrians and cyclists,” Harris said. “We are angry, heartbroken, and demand immediate action. After the record levels of traffic violence in 2021, we look to Mayor Adams and Commissioner Rodriguez to fast track efforts to keep our streets safe.”