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Brownsville cyclist fatality marks city’s second biker killed this week

Bloody streets: A motorist killed 57-year-old Brownsville biker Ernest Askew on Sutter Avenue Thursday night, marking the 14th killing of a cyclist by a car on the city’s streets in 2019 and the second just this week.
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A teenage driver struck and killed a cyclist in Brownsville Thursday night, according to authorities.

Police said the 18-year-old driver was heading north on Chester Street when he smashed into 57-year-old Ernest Askew, who was traveling on Sutter Avenue as he crossed Chester Street heading west at around 9 p.m.

Paramedics rushed both men to Brookdale Hospital, where the biker was pronounced dead, cops said, noting that the driver was treated for a hand injury and remains in stable condition.

Askew is the 14th cyclist to be killed by a car on the city’s streets this year — and the fourth to be killed in June — compared to the 10 bikers killed throughout all 2018, noted one safe streets advocate, who slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio for being out of town campaigning for his presidential run.

“The number of cyclists killed in 2019 had already surpassed the number killed in the entirety of the prior year on May 14, when cyclist Kenichi Nakagawa succumbed to injuries sustained three days earlier when he was struck by a driver in Crown Heights, Brooklyn,” Transportation Alternatives Interim Co-Executive Director Marco Conner said in a statement. “Today, just over a month later, the death toll stands four above all of last year. Vision Zero is in a state of emergency, and the mayor is absent.”

Conner called on de Blasio to “rescue” Vision Zero in an effort to halt the alarming rise of cyclist fatalities.

“He must adopt the City Council’s plan for a connected network of protected bike lanes, building out 50-100 miles per year, and ensure aggressive investment in neighborhoods of color,” he said. “All future protected bike lane installation should provide safe passage for cyclists where it is most needed and seek to correct these long standing racial inequities.”

Askew is the second cyclist slain on city streets this week. A truck driver killed 20-year-old cyclist Robyn Hightman in Manhattan on Monday, Streetsblog reported.

After the Manhattan biker’s death, the NYPD’s Chief of Department Terence Monahan told reporters at a press conference Thursday that police launched a ticketing campaign targeting drivers — and bicyclists — near where Hightman was killed, as part of a controversial enforcement tactic which Council Speaker Corey Johnson blasted on Twitter.

“I am disturbed by reports of a NYPD crackdown on cyclists near the intersection where cyclist Robyn Hightman was killed yesterday by traffic violence,” Johnson tweeted. “Trucks and cars are the cause of the overwhelming number of traffic fatalities in our city.”

After the Manhattan biker’s death, the NYPD’s Chief of Department Terence Monahan told reporters at a press conference Thursday that police launched a ticketing campaign targeting drivers — and bicyclists — near where Hightman was killed, as part of a controversial enforcement tactic that some critics claim blames bikers for vehicular fatalities.

Monahan, who said police issued about 100 tickets to motorists, and around 30 for bikers, later conceded that the department is open to changing its approach, and may avoid targeting cyclists in future enforcement blitzes, according to a tweet by New York Post reporter David Meyer.

“We’ll look at this strategy and it’s something we’re looking to adjust,” Monahan said.

The most recent incident comes after a drunk driver killed 29-year-old Mohammed Abdullah, who was riding an e-bike in Canarsie, on June 9. Three cyclists were fatally struck in Brooklyn within four days in May.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 4:08 pm, June 28, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Matt from Bed Stuy says:
You have to be overly cautious while riding a bike, the car always wins! Lots of clueless drivers who don’t have any respect for the safety of bikers or pedestrians, wildly turning corners. They come within 2 inches of you sometimes. People are often texting while driving! A recipe for disaster. People constantly blocking bike lanes with their vehicles, lots of lazy drivers who are obsessed with double parking or not pulling into a spot completely, parked two feet from the curb! Hello Bed Stuy! I wind up riding on sidewalks at times to avoid being squashed by a truck or by distracted losers in their cars. I don’t care it’s illegal it’s a heck of a lot safer than those ‘bike lanes’ with their false sense of security. I thought the speed limit in NYC was 25mph? Why are they all going 50?
June 28, 2:59 pm
Andrew Burdette from cobble hill says:
Transportation Alternatives are always kevetching about more bike paths and still the fatalities go up. What bikers need is mandatory courses on defensive pedaling and traffic safety. That might work!
June 28, 3:49 pm
Local from Here says:
Andrew Burdette, fatalities are going up because of self entitled careless motorists. Should there be defensive walking classes for pedestrians? Do you blame gunshot victims for not carrying guns or wearing bulletproof body armor? Get a clue before you open you pie hole.
June 28, 4 pm
Robin from Brooklyn says:
The motorist wasn’t cited and did nothing wrong. The bicyclist ran a red light which caused the accident. Terrible tragedy.
June 28, 4:02 pm
Local from Here says:
Who told you that Robin? Pull your head out of your arse.
June 28, 4:07 pm
Fram from Brooklyn says:
Cyclists do not know what traffic rules are......an easy 10 point guide should be widely available for them example weaving in& out of traffic...cutting in front of a turning car......
June 28, 4:31 pm
Local from Here says:
Motorists do not know what traffic rules are for. An easy 10 point guide should be widely available for them. For example: weaving in & out of Lanes, cutting in front of a turning cyclist, killing pedestrians and cyclists, parking in a bike lane.
June 28, 6:14 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Cyclist never stop for red lights, stop signs or pedestrians and then they cry about being forced by the police to obey laws. Keep up the good work ticketing cyclists NYPD. And Brooklyn Paper, stop quoting car hating psychotic cranks as if they are any sort of authority about anything.
June 28, 6:17 pm
Local from Here says:
Motorists never stop for red lights, stop signs or pedestrians and then they cry about being forced by the police to obey laws. Keep up the good work ticketing overweight self entitled motorists NYPD. And Brooklyn Paper, stop quoting bicycle hating psychotic cranks as if they are any sort of authority about anything. They most likely voted trump which tells you are subhuman thinking capacity.
June 28, 6:28 pm
Sergei Grinko says:
Motorists never stop for red lights? Really? How am I able to cross every time I have the walk sign? And yes, often enough, cyclists don't ride with traffic as they are supposed to. They run red lights, and often ride against traffic. The laws apply to everyone.
June 28, 8:14 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Maybe you're witch, Sergei?! We must send you to trump concentration camps at once, for re-education! Did you ever hook up with "first" (more like 35th, amirite comrade??) lady Melaniarrhea?
June 28, 8:37 pm
Fran from Brooklyn says:
Which “local” keeps repeating comments from others?
June 30, 9:02 am
Henry Finkelstein from Kings Bay says:
The word is getting out that the pedal pushers bring upon themselves their own misfortunes by their illegal and un -safe riding. They really do need defensive pedaling and traffic safety courses. And their proponents and advocates need a valium ,anger management and even an intervention. i am waiting for my nasty and vulgar reply. we all know who that is. How truly sad.
June 30, 12:03 pm
Leonard williams from Brooklyn says:
Of course last night , a bike rider, ran a red light and nearly ran me over in a pedestrian path. Loco, Local probably has a few angry words for me because I just wanted to get to the other side of the street and actually waited for the light to turn green. The bike did not.
June 30, 12:07 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
What day this year is bicycle rule enforcement day? Did the cyclist have any safety equipment?
June 30, 2:52 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Leonard williams from Brooklyn, OMG!!!! Are you OK? You say he almost hit you???? Did you almost go to the hospital? You poor thing! You sir are so lucky. Had that been a motor vehicle you would be almost dead.
June 30, 3:16 pm
Barry from Kenya says:
Fecalstain is afraid of his own shadow. He should stay inside all day.
June 30, 3:17 pm
Stiff from Brooklyn says:
The problem is bicycles really should not be side by side with heavy powerful vehicles especially they way motorist and cyclist drive today. Everybody's in a rush so the weaker is vehicle is gonna get the most damage throw in a unprotected rider and they're done. The bike lanes give a false sense of security and the more they send you down this or that block "that is not used to bikers" they get hit.
July 1, 8:57 pm
Stiff from Brooklyn says:
They have bike lanes on streets that cars can barely go down.
July 1, 8:59 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Kings Bay Sheepshead Bay says:
There is one person out there posting who thinks he is funny . He really is pathetic. We all know who he is under his numerous aliases. But, sticks and stones can break our bones, but nasty meaningless retorts, can never scare or intimidate us. Posting really can make more enemies than friends . That's for sure. Just read Dale Carnegie.
July 2, 4:28 pm
Henry Finkelstein from Kings Bay Sheepshead Bay says:
I am Jewish and proud of it. Use of the term "Fecalstain" is patently anti-Semitic. The writer should be condemned by all.
July 2, 4:31 pm

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