Wrong-way bike-rider all messed up after meeting the hood of a Nissan

Cyclist critical after Washington Avenue crash

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A cyclist is in bad shape after a driver hit him near the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, cops said.

The 22-year-old bike-rider was biking against traffic, traveling downhill from the museum along Washington Avenue around 6:13 am, when a 61-year-old guy driving a Nissan turned right onto Classon Avenue and sent the cyclist flying onto his windshield, according to police.

The victim was transported to Kings County Hospital, where he is critical condition, cops said.

A bicyclist died a block away on Eastern Parkway in May, 2013 after being struck by a livery cab driver.

The city slapped the driver with two tickets for having bald rear tires, a police department spokesman said.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Clarity added.
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Reasonable discourse

Ben from Brooklyn says:
driving against traffic is still illegal....
Feb. 3, 2014, 1:52 pm
Tim from Carroll Gardens says:
It's a shame that the bicyclist was injured, but biking against traffic is taking a chance that isn't worth the potential trouble.
Feb. 3, 2014, 2:07 pm
ty from pps says:
Sounds like the cyclist was probably at fault here.

But it's nice to hear that the NYPD is actually taking the effort to write tickets for the bald tires.
Feb. 3, 2014, 2:26 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
This shows why cyclists flouting the laws places them into harm's way, but bike zealot websites will always stand up for them no matter what and act like chief enablers to such acts.
Feb. 3, 2014, 3:19 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Just 15 minutes before kick-off. On a positive note, he didn't miss much of a game. Of course this is just one man's opinion.
Feb. 3, 2014, 3:23 pm
Jay from Nyc says:
So was the cyclist ticked for driving the wrong way and causing the accident or did they just ticket the car? If a car was driving the wrong way and caused an accident they would get a ticket. Just wondering if anyone knows, also was Tal the driver?
Feb. 3, 2014, 4:42 pm
Don Wiss from Park Slope says:
Washington Ave is two-way. One lane for each direction. Maybe he was biking on the wrong side of Washington Ave?

If the driver was turning right onto Classon, he had to be in the right lane of Washington Ave.

I am having difficulty visualizing how the crash occurred. If the cyclist was on the wrong side, he would have been directly in front of the car coming at the car. If the driver was looking, I would think the driver would have seen the cyclist.
Feb. 3, 2014, 4:53 pm
Eric McClure from Park Slope says:
How does one ride "the wrong way" on Washington Avenue? It's a two-way street. If the person on the bike was riding against the flow of traffic, he would have been coming directly at the driver, in which case, how did the driver not see him?
Feb. 3, 2014, 4:56 pm
s from Slope says:
Initial NYPD reports can often be wrong and, in some precincts, are used to exonerate the driver in the press. This could have transpired as reported, but a healthy dose of skepticism is in order.
Feb. 3, 2014, 5 pm
ty from pps says:
Yeah... now that you guys have brought it up, how did the driver not see this bicycle?

Here's the Google streetview of this intersection.

A right on Classon from Washington is a gentle angle. The cyclist would be right in front of him (as Eric said) if the cyclist was indeed coming down the slope on the wrong side of the street.

Makes me wonder if the driver was at all attentive?? Probably taking the right-hand turn at "full speed" -- What if there was a pedestrian crossing?? The fact that it's a School Zone probably isn't important, right?
Feb. 3, 2014, 5:34 pm
Nathan Tempey (Brooklyn Paper) says:
Thanks to those of you asking for more details. I have updated the story to be more clear. The cyclist was riding against traffic in the northbound lane, according to police.
Feb. 3, 2014, 5:59 pm
ty from pps says:
Thanks for the update, Nathan -- so, it confirms, the cyclist was breaking the traffic law, but the driver must have been focused on "Go, Go, Go!" instead of actually being attentive.

Is this injury (and potential death) the drivers fault, strictly speaking? Perhaps/probably not... but exercising extreme caution why moving around at significant speed in a 2-ton steel object might be a good takeaway message, no?
Feb. 3, 2014, 6:13 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Of course, on websites such as Streetsblog and Transportation Alternative, this cyclists, despite flouting the laws and placing himself into harm's way, will always be viewed as a martyr to them.
Feb. 3, 2014, 8:40 pm
Spooked Bystander from Crown Heights says:
Is there any news on the status of the bicyclist's condition? I live at this dangerous intersection and witnessed the aftermath while walking my dog on Sunday morning. Have been thinking about him and hoping to hear good news.
Feb. 3, 2014, 10:25 pm
Olly D from Parkville says:
He was ridding the wrong way and he's critical?

He should only criticize himself!
Feb. 4, 2014, 9:43 am
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
If all you anti-bike nut cases would think about it, the bike lane question is very different in very different parts of the city. In some parts the bike lane DOES go against traffic, so don't be so gruesomely anxious to say "that bike rider had it comin'!"

By the way, karma's on the phone waiting to give you a message.
Feb. 4, 2014, 2:32 pm
frankie from east ny says:
bike lane go against traffic only on one way roads.Dekalb avenue example.
Feb. 5, 2014, 3:32 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Maybe this will now give a message not to disobey traffic laws with a bicycle.
Feb. 5, 2014, 4:11 pm
Eliza from Crown Heights says:
Classon and Washington don't intersect. Do you mean he was turning onto the Eastern Parkway service road from Washington?
Feb. 5, 2014, 8:11 pm
Eliza from Crown Heights says:
Just realized where this was. My bad.

I hope the bike rider is ok!
Feb. 5, 2014, 8:14 pm
frankie from east ny says:
Washington and classon intersect by president street.
Feb. 6, 2014, 5:49 pm
K.Hinds from Flatbush says:
He died Feb. 6th.
Feb. 9, 2014, 9:59 pm
Don Wiss from Park Slope says:
Note that this happened at 6:13 AM. It is still dark at that time. Many bicyclists do not use a headlight. Possibly this one did not have one. The one time I counted cars making right turns, I found that 30% did not bother to use a turn signal. And that was a 90 degree intersection. Possibly at an acute turn like this even less bother to signal. So the situation could be: cyclist on the wrong side with no headlight in the dark, and the car not slowing down and not signalling that it was turning. If all that were true, it is a recipe for a crash.
Feb. 9, 2014, 10 pm

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