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Doored: Cyclist injured after smashing into open car door Downtown

Doored: A cyclist suffered non-life-threatening injuries after he slammed into an open passenger side door while he rode from the street into the bike lane on Jay Street at the corner of Willoughby Street just before 3:30 pm Monday. Paramedics helped the man, who was limping, to the ambulance and brought him to Brooklyn Hospital, according to a police spokeswoman.
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Paramedics took an injured cyclist to the hospital on Monday after someone doored him on Jay Street Downtown.

The biker was coming down the bustling thoroughfare, headed towards the Brooklyn Bridge, and slammed into a parked car’s open passenger side door when he cycled from the street into the bike lane between two potted plants at the corner of Willoughby Street just before 3:30 pm, according to a witness at the scene.

“He opened the door and he was driving in fast into that lane,” said Joe, who didn’t want to give her last name.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and helped the guy, who was limping as they guided him to the ambulance.

The man, who is in his 30s, was not seriously injured and emergency personnel brought him to Brooklyn Hospital, according to a spokeswoman for the Police Department.

At the scene, a cop car idled next to the bike lane — in the same spot the car in question was parked, according to Joe.

“How the cop car is, that’s how the car was parked,” she said.

The vehicle was no longer on the scene and Joe and other bystanders didn’t want to tell this reporter whether the driver fled.

The police spokeswoman could not immediately provide any information on the person who opened the door.

Just a few feet away, a driver in December struck a cyclist, who claimed she swerved out of the same bike lane to avoid a parked police van.

The Boys in Blue cuffed that driver after they caught up with him as he tried to flee the scene.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 5:49 pm, March 25, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
00% the motorists fault, according to the law. This is factual, even if it goes against the editors belief, IT IS FACT.
March 25, 7:49 pm
Frank from Willamsburg says:
Great, so now that cars have to park in the street (because of the protected bike lane ) bikers can get doored from both the driver & passenger. Way to go DeBlaz.
March 26, 8:09 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
§ 1214. Opening and closing vehicle doors. No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers. But this doesn't resolve all the issues as to whether there is also fault by the bicyclist because of the last clear chance doctrine. The proper application of these general principles in a particular case will of course depend on the unique factual circumstances of each accident. SO it could be that the person who opened the door was 75% negligent and the bike rider 25% for instance. and finally Every owner of a vehicle used or operated in this state shall be liable and responsible for death or injuries to person or property resulting from negligence in the use or operation of such vehicle, in the business of such owner or otherwise, by any person using or operating the same with the permission, express or implied, of such owner.  
March 26, 9:22 am
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Before all the bicyclists and automobile advocate groups come out of the woodwork here is an easy fix for this problem. Just have DeBlasio come out with a ruling that will require all car doors removed to avoid this tragic accident happening again.
March 26, 9:40 am
Tyler from pps says:
Frank - that was a stupid statement. Also, it sounds like this was carelessness on the cyclist's part... Was there any intention by the "reporter" to spin anything other than "Look, cyclists are horrible people! Take back the roads with cars! Big beautiful safe cars that are the things of the future!" This paper is a ridiculous mess.
March 26, 9:47 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Correction: 100% the motorists fault, according to the law. This is factual, even if it goes against the editors belief, IT IS FACT. 100% 100% 100%, no matter how many times you delete it, 100%.
March 26, 9:58 am
Joe from Yours says:
It should be required to have a license to ride a bike in NYC. And a permit.
March 26, 1:16 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
But its not, Joe. Keep up the crying though, it might just help.
March 26, 1:26 pm
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
I agree with Bob; it’s car doors that are the problem. If we remove them this kind of accident can’t happen.
March 26, 2:25 pm
Robert Moses from Randall’s Island says:
Oh look, Gersh is drunk and ——posting again
March 26, 3:42 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Robert Moses is dead, LOL!
March 26, 5:44 pm
Peter Pyle from Prospect Park says:
So he was not seriously injured, so what is the big deal. Bikers are notorious for not stopping or even slowing down. They are extremely susceptible to accidents. " Take it easy an take it slow".
March 26, 5:53 pm
Robert Moses from Randall’s Island says:
Yes, but my transportation network is alive and well and will control your life until you give up and go home.
March 26, 6:25 pm
Ro from Park Slope says:
"The biker was coming down the bustling thoroughfare, headed towards the Brooklyn Bridge...." "At the scene, a cop car idled next to the bike lane — in the same spot the car in question was parked...." Is that what we see in the picture above? The bike is no where near the bike lane, nor is the police car.
March 26, 10:15 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Kings Bay says:
If the biker was going very fast and refuses to stop for anything, then bad things will happen. Defensive pedal pushing may be the answer.
March 27, 12:35 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Brush up on the law, Henry Fecalstain.
March 27, 1:23 pm
Peter Pyle from Prospect Park says:
Ridiculing an ethnic name is a hate crime and like the original Henry Ford, this one 's posts border on being anti-Semitic.
March 27, 1:44 pm
Shirley Ranz from Kings Bay says:
At least this time the bicyclist was not riding on the sidewalk. Walkers really need protected pedestrian paths.
March 27, 2:03 pm
sheva goldkranz from homecrest says:
sticks and stones can break our bones but stupid insults can never harm us
March 27, 2:25 pm
BrooklLyn98 from Bensonhurst says:
Not enough information to determine who was at fault, but cyclists need to be subject to the same traffic laws as drivers. With warm weather on the way. cyclists swarm to SW Brooklyn in packs, running red lights and stop signs, and riding on the sidewalks while talking on their phones. These cyclists are not 5-year olds learning to ride a two-wheeler -- they need to grow up. How about a little respect for pedestrians?
March 27, 3:05 pm
Henry Ranz from Homecrest says:
Bklyn 98 is 100% right -on. If bicyclists have their paths, then pedestrians should have their sidewalks .
March 27, 3:42 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
BrooklLyn98 is right, "Not enough information to determine who was at fault". However, here is where he is wrong: "but cyclists need to be subject to the same traffic laws". They are! Secondly, the motorist or passenger is at fault when they open their door without looking first. That's the law. So in hindsight, BrooklLyn98 is all wrong.
March 27, 4:47 pm

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