Garbage truck driver hits Gowanus e-bike rider • Brooklyn Paper

Garbage truck driver hits Gowanus e-bike rider

A garbage truck driver hit a 62-year-old e-bike rider on Third Avenue at 12th Street in Gowanus on Sept. 8.
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A cyclist is in critical condition after a garbage truck driver smashed into him at a Gowanus intersection Sunday night.

The 62-year-old man was riding north on an e-bike on Third Avenue when the 33-year-old man behind the wheel of the dump truck coming from the opposite direction struck him while making a left turn onto 12th Street around 9:30 p.m., according to a spokesman for police.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and brought the biker to Methodist Hospital with a head wound and he remains in critical condition, according the spokesman.

The driver remained on the scene but cops did not arrest him and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

The collision comes two days after two cyclists where struck by drivers at separate incidents in Prospect Heights and Fort Greene on Sept. 6.

Last week, Fort Greene cyclist Robert Donald died after Brownsville man Korey Johnson allegedly smashed his car into him in Bushwick on Sept. 2.

Donald was the 15th Kings County cyclist to have been killed by drivers and the 20th citywide this year, compared to 10 biker fatalities in the Five Boroughs during all of 2018.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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