Motorcycle and Sport-Utility Vehicle Smash-Up in Bay Ridge

Latest in string of Bay Ridge collisions leaves motorcyclist in serious condition

Blood on the street: A sports utility vehicle and a motorcycle collided on Third Avenue between 69th Street and Ovington Avenue on Sept. 21.
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The streets are running red in Bay Ridge.

A motorcycle slammed into the side of a sport-utility vehicle on Third Avenue on Sept. 21 — marking the third crash to bloody the area’s pavement in two weeks.

Police said the driver of the larger vehicle attempted an illegal U-turn at 4:08 pm between Ovington Avenue and 69th Street. The biker collided with the passenger door, and — according to eyewitnesses — briefly wound up underneath the gas-guzzler while it was still in motion.

“He drove a few feet before they got him to stop,” said Arlene Rutuelo, owner of nearby Nordic Delicacies.

Ruteulo described a horrific scene, as the biker lay on the street with his helmet smashed and neck broken.

“It was horrible, and that should never happen along these thoroughfa­res,” said Rutuelo.

Other local business owners echoed Rutuelo’s account.

“The guy was laid out, there was blood everywhere,” said Sam Dabas, owner of the Family Store next door. “It looked horrible.”

An ambulance rushed the motorcyclist to Lutheran Medical Center in serious condition, while police issued the driver of the sport-utility vehicle with three summonses.

A hit-and-run driver struck 14-year-old Jackson McLeer at 86th Street and Fourth Avenue on Sept. 11. The teen suffered a broken hip and a lacerated liver. A pick-up truck and a minivan collided at 75th Street and 13th Avenue in nearby Dyker Heights on Sept. 17 — sending the truck crashing into a nearby bus stop, where it struck and killed a 71-year-old man.

Rutuelo and Dabas both recalled another motorcycle accident occurring just a block away less than a month ago, though neither could not say what the cause was.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him
Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Overtime 49 from Sixty 8 says:
Don't worry.

The boys will be filling out 49s all night long for the next week as they crack down on cars parked in NO STANDING ZONES to make up for this.

More tickets means the precient can claim full spectrum dominance of traffic infractions. Even though its a joke!
Sept. 24, 2013, 5:15 am
bkmanhatposeur from brokeland says:
Surprise Tal hasnt chimed in on this. Lots of reckless automobile drivers who don't obey basic driving rules. Savages.
Time to install speed bumps, pedestrian island, and bike lanes. Slow down the speed. 5th avenue is not NASCAR raceway.
Sept. 24, 2013, 8:11 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Makin' that U-turn to grab that parking space, what is that double yellow line all about anyway?

Gas Guzzler?

Oh noes! That makes it even more awfulest!
Sept. 24, 2013, 9:01 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Drivers in Bay Ridge know that the 68th Precinct refuses to enforce the law against speeding and reckless driving. All of these accidents are the result. We need a replacement for DeBlasio. Only a leadership change will fix this problem. How many more people will be killed or injured before DeBlasio is relieved of his command?
Sept. 24, 2013, 9:18 am
diehipster from Boxcutting Brents says:
Speed bumps are a great idea actually. If the community board wants, I can install locally-sourced bearded nasally Grover-shaped organic hipsters named Quaid, Josh and Logan into the asphalt to protect frail pu$$ies like bkmanhatposeur.
Sept. 24, 2013, 9:18 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Speedbumps are a great way to run up the bill.!

So are safety islands, traffic calming, and other ways to pay the rent and spread the money from the public trough, all in the name of making it look like you are doing something.
Sept. 24, 2013, 9:33 am
PleaseImprove from yours says:
"running red"? Your phrasing is oh so tasteful.

This paper generally covers interesting and relevant local stories; why must the quality of the writing be so poor?
Sept. 24, 2013, 9:39 am
hb from south slope says:
How is that poor motorcyclist doing?
Sept. 24, 2013, 9:45 am
PleasePlease from yours says:
Not just that, a photograph actually showing blood. This really is a Murdoch rag.
Sept. 24, 2013, 9:47 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I know I will catch flack for this because that's what I'm used to doing but it's obvious that the traffic calming you see all over Brooklyn is having the opposite effect which is what happened here. If there were more places to make u-turns this driver wouldn't have had to do what he did leading to what he did happening, so you can't blame the SUV driver for this, though I know Ty and other Michael will do just that. This is life, things happen like this and you can't go blaming drivers for everything that happens. So I ask you where the Transportation Alternatives safety nuts are now that this has happened? No where except attacking me as we soon shall see.
Sept. 24, 2013, 10:02 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Tal says " If there were more places to make u-turns this driver wouldn't have had to do what he did"

He didn't HAVE to do this and you're trying to excuse the driver's blatantly ILLEGAL act. Your double standard is showing.
Sept. 24, 2013, 10:27 am
friend says:
He won't make it. He is hospital but they do not give him any chances. brain is dead.
Sept. 24, 2013, 12:01 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:

Do you realize you made the argument for traffic calming.

"This is life, things happen like this and you can't go blaming drivers for everything that happens. "

Yes, and we can engineer roads were less "things happen"
Sept. 24, 2013, 1:47 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
We need speed bumps, speed cameras, and narrowed lanes in Bay Ridge. We cannot depend on the 68th Precinct to enforce the law.
Sept. 24, 2013, 2:53 pm
ty from pps says:
Wow, Tal... Do you know why you knew you would "catch flack" for your stupid comment? Because you knew it was stupid before you wrote it... but you couldn't take a minute to think it through. Tal, why do you have to be so stupid?
Sept. 24, 2013, 3:04 pm
Jane McDonough from Bay Ridge says:
ZERO effing excuse for U-turn there. NONE.

That said, the 68th Pct is full empty suits and bums. Apologies to the couple handful of good cops there suffering under a lousy CO and the worse police Commissioner in city history.

The amount of traffic violations they IGNORE on 3rd, 4th and 5th Avenues is as criminal as the lazy idiot driver's u-turn should be.

Whatever that driver may have, I s/he loses every damn cent.
Sept. 24, 2013, 9:42 pm
Freind says:
I'm wonder what would you say if you would be sitting on that motorcycle ??

Do you know what police did ??
They gave ticket to the car driver and let him go, but motorcyclist is in hospital in comma and only two options left miracle or his DEAD
Sept. 25, 2013, 9:57 am
Z from Bay Ridge says:
The motorcyclist's family should really consider a lawsuit against the driver here.
Sept. 25, 2013, 10:42 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Once again, I had a very busy day at didn't even get to my computer until about 6:30 PM yesterday. In other words, who was doing these comments when I wasn't even here? Of course, I do have a good list of suspects here. Nevertheless, I do give my blessings to that biker that got hit. If that driver wanted to turn around, a better way was to turn onto one street, and use the others to get back going the other directions. Why that motorist hasn't been given a criminal offense is beyond me, but you will have to complain to the cops, and last time I checked, I don't have any control over that. Still, you guys really need to stop with the impersonations, which is a real low here.
Sept. 25, 2013, 2:57 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
Letting such maneuvers slide is par for the course with Brooklyn precincts. A couple months ago I took a picture of the Scofflaw Patrol van double-parked in front of a 7-11, blocking a bike lane on 5th Avenue. When the Scofflaw Patrol itself is staffed by scofflaws, what hope is there for the NYPD to police moving violations? Modifying the physical structure of our streets to calm traffic is the only solution that works. I know that would not have prevented this idiot from pulling an illegal U-turn in this case, but perhaps if the overall perception of permissiveness toward traffic misbehavior changed then there would a be a helpful knock-on effect.
Sept. 25, 2013, 3:47 pm
Talzballz from Da Hood says:
Motorcycles are death machines. I do not believe riding one entitles you to death, but if you do die, don't be surprised! The car drivers in BR don't care about you, peds, cyclists or other cars so why zip along on a crotch rocket and increase your chances of never leaving BR again?!
Sept. 25, 2013, 4:02 pm
Dave says:
My heart goes out to the family of the motorcyclist.

One thing I don't get here is this:

" .... briefly wound up underneath the gas-guzzler ... "

So if that SUV would be hybrid or Toyota Prius than the outcome would be different? Not entirely sure what gas mileage has anything to do with this accident. The problem is not the MPGs but the illegal u-turn. Not sure if the driver didn't see the motorcyclist or she/he did see him and just said: "it is just a motorcycle, screw it ... let him worry about me, I'm bigger".

I don't own motorcycle but I am a cyclist and I do see this all the time. Even crossing the street in NYC you better look over your shoulder because even if you have a green light you might get run over by a guy who just have to make that quick left turn.

All that being said we all made stupid mistakes sometimes. Show me a driver in NYC who didn't do an illegal u-turn, double parked or broke some other traffic rule.

Just hope and pry that this story will not end with tragedy. Unfortunately, reading previous comments I assume the guy is not doing to well.
Sept. 25, 2013, 6:49 pm
Jerry says:
"Gas-guzzler" probably was just a throwaway word choice, since the BP goes for flippancy.

I also hope-pray the best for the biker and those close to him. What a terrible thing ... all because of one driver's mindless act.
Sept. 25, 2013, 9:53 pm
CONSTAT 2013 from Bay Ridge says:
Why was the g.d. driver making a U-turn there in the first place?

The blocks don't go around in circles?!?!

Next time a 68th MOS gets plugged by some schmuck ** THEN ** they'll be some action, if only briefly, and someone doesn't ticket him/her to make their QUOTA.
Sept. 25, 2013, 10:47 pm
Friend2 from outside US says:
I cannot believe some of the comments up there. Imagine your brother or best friend just going home on the motorcycle and some reckless and stupid driver making U-turn and not even looking if any vehicle is coming from the opposite direction. Not speeding - but a wall shows up in from of you and you crash on some a**hole door as he just wanted to grab a spot on the other side of the street.

Can you believe all?
The guy remains alive - it is a miracle and we hope more miracles will happen here. The guy is a strong man and he will fight.

And the SUV driver?
Should go to jail for years for our friend suffering and maybe going to die. And for taking away their happiness as he made a very good couple along with his beloved woman.
You think no one should pay for this?
The SUV driver is healthy breathing while someone else is having a nightmare of a lifetime.

We keep praying for our best friend. We know u can hear us.
Sept. 26, 2013, 7:44 am
... says:
He was was few streets from his home.
Sept. 26, 2013, 4:32 pm
Captain Block from 54th Pct says:
Condolences and best wishes to the motorcyclist, his friends and family.

Q: what was the SUV driver's name?

Q: why was he making a U-turn there?

Q: why was he not arrested?
Sept. 26, 2013, 11:23 pm
Friend 2 from Outside US says:
The lawsuit should be filed against the driver, ins company. No one should be walking free and making more u-turns. If more drivers were punished they would probably stop doing what they are all doing. We can think the driver will carry this accident with him for the rest of his life but he is a criminal no matter if he used a gun or his car to kill someone.

God bless the ones close to him.
Sept. 27, 2013, 2:04 am
Nulu from Pl says:
He is gone now. There are no words. Congrats the SUV driver.
Sept. 27, 2013, 2:53 pm
RB from Bay Ridge says:
Both the motorcyclist and the SUV driver are probably both reckless jerks--the only difference is that one had more metal around him for protection.

I live near there and there are always SUVs speeding down my one-way street, honking their horns for other drivers to drive faster. And those motorcyclists with the ear-splitting noise from altered tailpipes are also constantly ripping down the streets. It was karma that these two should meet.
Sept. 29, 2013, 6:55 pm
Just Sayin' from BR says:
Those motorbikes aren't called crotch rockets and organ donor machines for nothing.

That dude would still be alive if he was doing the legal 30mph. Yeah, the SUV is also at fault, but the motorbike guy obviously slammed into the SUV at a speed greater than 30mph in order to get himself killed instead of injured. Statistics show the faster you drive, the more serious your injuries are in an accident.
Sept. 29, 2013, 7:29 pm
Rodzina from Polska says:
Jestesmy wstrząsnięci tragedia jaka spotkała Rodzicow i nas rodzinę. Był jedynym dzieckiem jakie mieli.Składamy gorące podziękowania Jego Przyjaciołom ktorzy byli z nim do ostatniej chwili zycia a miał ich duzo.Mamy tez nadzieję ze kierowca samochodu z poczuciem winy będzie zył do konca zycia.Prochy wkrotce zostaną sprowadzone do kraju ale to nie tak miało byc.Przed nim zaczynało się dopiero zycie z ukochaną Kobietą.Jestesmy przerazeni..................
Sept. 30, 2013, 8:07 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Hi Rodzina,
My name is John Wasserman. I want you to know that I'm quite interested in what you have to say. Unfortunately you leave me with very little to go on. Perhaps, in the future, you could actually look at the screen while you type and post messages on the internet. It's just that it would make it so much easier for the reader (and after all isn't that the whole point?). I hope you'll pardon my suggestion and let's please not have a repeat of this.
Sincerely, John Wasserman
Sept. 30, 2013, 1:14 pm
xtra from BR says:
Sept. 30, 2013, 3:21 pm
xtra from BR says:
Just count the numerous violations by bikers in above video. Weaving in and out of lanes, speeding, cutting off driver, multiple bikers in lanes, etc. Typical.
Sept. 30, 2013, 3:28 pm
Anna from Greenpoint says:
Marcin is gone!!!!!!!!We will never come back to go rock climbing or biking or even camping with us!!!!!!He was just 38 years old,the only child beloved parents,who still live in Poland and can't believe what had just happened. Marcin was such a great guy,full of life with lots of friends and wonderful girlfriend Karolina. They just moved to Bayridge!!!!!It was just freaky accident!!!!!All of us can't believe he is gone!!!!!!!We still look at the pictures of Marcin's happy face!!!!!He was all ver the world and died just 3 blocks away from his home!!!!!!Marcin we will never forget YOU!!!!!
Oct. 1, 2013, 12:44 am
Rodzice from Poland says:
Dziękujemy Wszystkim którzy czuwali przy Marcinie, modlili się za Niego i Nas wspierali.
Oct. 2, 2013, 3:06 pm
Rodzice from Poland says:
Thank You to all who were at Marcin, prayed for him and supported us.
Oct. 2, 2013, 3:14 pm

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