A Brooklyn Heights man died after a charter bus hit him as he rode a Citi Bike on Monday.
Columbia Heights resident Dan Hanegby, 36, was riding the bicycle on a narrow Manhattan street around 8:15 am when he swerved to avoid a parked vehicle, fell off the bike as the bus drove in the same direction beside him, and was run over by the vehicle’s rear tires, according to an NYPD spokesman.
He was rushed to the hospital, where he died two hours later.
The 52-year-old bus driver remained on the scene and was not charged, according to police.
The street — 26th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues — is not a bus route, according to a local who said keeping large vehicles off area thoroughfares is a recurring issue.
“This bus should have never been on that street because it is not a truck route,” said Christine Berthet, the chair of Manhattan Community Board 4’s Transportation Committee. “Buses go everywhere, and trying to control them and get them on the right track is very difficult.”
It is unclear why Hanegby fell off his bicycle, but the superintendent of a building on the street told the New York Post that the bus driver did not leave much space between his vehicle and the cyclist as they traveled alongside each other.
Police officers ticketed Citi Bike riders going the wrong way on streets in the area following the collision, although there is no evidence Hanegby was violating the rules of the road when he was hit.
Hanegby, a married father of two, worked as an investment banker for Switzerland-based financial holding company Credit Suisse Group, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He was born in Tel Aviv, where he became a teen tennis star who ranked as Israel’s number one player at the age of 16, according to a report in the campus newspaper of Brown University. Hanegby transferred to the Rhode Island college as a sophomore, after moving to the U.S. to attend Binghamton University, in New York.
He served as a staff sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces for three years starting in 1999, before relocating to the U.S.
Hanegby’s death is the first fatality in 43 million trips taken by Citi Bike customers since the transit system’s 2013 rollout, according to a rep for the service who released a statement mourning his untimely tragedy.
“Together, with the City of New York, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the rider’s family and loved ones on this terrible tragedy,” said Citi Bike spokeswoman Dani Simons.
Hanegby’s family did not immediately return request for comment.
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