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A 26-year-old sustained serious injuries after colliding with a silver Nissan Rogue at the intersection of Atlantic and Vanderbilt avenues in Prospect Heights on Thursday.
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A 26-year-old sustained serious injuries after colliding with a silver Nissan Rogue at the intersection of Atlantic and Vanderbilt avenues in Prospect Heights on Thursday.
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A 26-year-old sustained serious injuries after colliding with a silver Nissan Rogue at the intersection of Atlantic and Vanderbilt avenues in Prospect Heights on Thursday.
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A 26-year-old sustained serious injuries after colliding with a silver Nissan Rogue at the intersection of Atlantic and Vanderbilt avenues in Prospect Heights on Thursday.

Two cyclists suffered non-life-threatening injuries after both smashed into separate cars in Prospect Heights and Fort Greene on Thursday.

Brian Douglas, a 26-year-old delivery man for Uber Eats, was riding his bicycle heading north along Vanderbilt Avenue at 4 p.m. on Sept. 5, when he struck a woman’s silver sedan as she crossed the roadway heading east along Atlantic Avenue, according to the driver, who only gave her name as Ms. Ava.

Paramedics rushed to treat Douglas, who was unable to lift his head at the scene, and rushed him to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The driver of the sedan claimed she had a green light when Douglas struck her vehicle, leaving a dent near the front passenger-side wheel with his bike.

Douglas declined to comment when reached via phone, saying “I can’t talk, I’m on meds.”

A friend of Douglas, who gave his name as Nigel, said the cyclist moved to New York City from South Carolina about a year ago, and had taken up working as a delivery man for Uber Eats to make ends meet. It’s unclear if he was delivering food at the time of the incident.

Police could not immediately comment regarding that collision, but provided information regarding another crash in Fort Greene at 6:33 p.m. on Sept. 5, when a 36-year-old cyclist smashed into a 55-year-old woman’s 2010 Ford on Navy Street near Park Avenue.

Paramedics rushed the cyclist to Methodist Hospital in stable condition, cops said.

Police did not issue any summonses related to the crash, according to a spokeswoman for the police department.

Additional reporting by Paul Martinka and Kevin Duggan

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 4:04 pm, September 6, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Bob from G.B. says:
Of course Uber reached out to the cyclists family to ensure them that all medical expenses and loss pay to his family will be secure. You know how great they are in taking care of their employees. Oh wait, he's an independent contractor. All well, I guess he's on his own.
Sept. 6, 9:57 am
Local from Here says:
Anther dingbat motorist causing havoc on our streets. Where is our Mayor?
Sept. 6, 11:15 am
Jay from Brooklyn says:
again most of bikers need to be educated and follow rules and regulations,
Sept. 6, 11:21 am
Local from Here says:
Again, Jay from Brooklyn needs to be educated and follow rules of grammar.
Sept. 6, 11:54 am
Zaxby says:
Bet ya the person waiting on their uber eats delivery was ——ing and complaining when their food was late!
Sept. 6, 12:04 pm
Wilbur D. Horse from Middle class says:
This article clearly states that the cyclist hit the CAR on the CAR’s right side. The driver had a dent on her passenger side, and said she had a green light. This was not disputed in the article. The cyclist had a chance to defend himself, but chickened out by saying, “I’m on meds”! So he is too ashamed to admit the truth: that he ran a red light. And the jerk is trying to cross 6 lanes of Atlantic Ave Traffic, with buses and tractor trailers?! I’m glad he wasn’t badly hurt, even if he was 100% at fault. I heard that, sadly, the cyclist broke his NYC-Issued HALO. P.S. if he was on meds, and too stoned to even talk, then why is he riding a bike?! Cyclists should be forced to be licensed and insured, like pedicabs.
Sept. 6, 12:53 pm
bunnyNsunny from The Clinton Hills have Eyes says:
Bicyclists always running red lights.
Sept. 6, 1:22 pm
Local from Here says:
Bicyclists are always running red lights because they think they are above the law and do whatever they please. Self entitled sociopaths can be reasoned with, so the NYPD has to resort to ticket blitzes to keep them in line.
Sept. 6, 1:32 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Next time try your brakes.
Sept. 6, 2:15 pm
Local from Here says:
Motorists are always running red lights because they think they are above the law and do whatever they please. Self entitled sociopaths can't be reasoned with, so the NYPD has to resort to ticket blitzes and red light cameras to keep them in line.
Sept. 6, 2:28 pm
Frank from Furter says:
If drivers were running red lights all day there would be hundreds if not thousands killed everyday. Every one needs to follow traffuc rules. Drivers pedestrians and bikers alike. There us enough blame to go around and demonizing any group is just wrong. Each acvident needs to be investigated abd the guilty dealt with.
Sept. 6, 4:17 pm
Local from Here says:
Nice try. This story is about yet another cyclist playing stupid games and winning stupid prizes. The mayor is correct in saying that he wants to license and register bicycles in this city. Hope he follows through on his comments.
Sept. 6, 4:24 pm
Local from Here says:
Nice try. This story is about yet another dingbat motorist playing stupid games and causing havoc on our streets. The mayor is correct in saying that he wants to increase speed cameras in this city. Hope he follows through on his comments.
Sept. 6, 4:50 pm
Frank from Furter says:
Btw the recent legislation triples the number of red light and speed cameras, it increased the distance from schools the cameras could be placed and for speed camera it increased the hours that the cameras can be on to 6am to 10pm seven days a week. Over 80 percent of people only get one ticket and then don't get another. I support increasing fines and retraining and other actions against people who are multiple offenders. But just like many bikers believe red lights and stop signs should be treated as a yield if no one is around drivers should be treated the same way.
Sept. 6, 4:52 pm
Local from Here says:
"Each accident needs to be investigated and the guilty dealt with." The problem with that is the NYPD barely conducts an investigation and relies on what the driver says, as fact. The cyclist or pedestrian has no voice when they're dead.
Sept. 6, 4:53 pm
Frank from Furter says:
No longer does the pd only allow investigations by the highway patrol..every precinct has trained investigators to investigate every serious accident. This is only a year or so old. The pd has increased the statistical review that was part of copstat to traffic incidents in each precinct holding precinct commanders responsible.
Sept. 6, 5:04 pm
Safety First from Fort Greene says:
Bike riders must recognize that they are vulnerable and be cautious. Shared streets mean just that. We all see too much risk taking from bike riders including texting while riding and riding with ear plugs in their ears. They need to back off when there is a truck near them because the truck driver can not always see them. It is their life and no point in blaming the car if they are injured.
Sept. 6, 5:35 pm
Virginia from Fort Greene says:
What can cars do to protect themselves from these dangerous bikers? Drivers need to form a lobby to campaign for car safety.
Sept. 6, 5:49 pm
Virginia from Fort Greene says:
What is the DOT doing to protect cars from these irresponsible bikers?
Sept. 6, 5:58 pm
Local from Here says:
Motorists must recognize that the pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable and be cautious. Shared streets mean just that. We all see too much risk taking from drivers including texting while driving and driving with ear buds in their ears. They need to back off when there is a truck near them because the truck driver can not always see them. It is their life and no point in blaming the cyclist if they kill them.
Sept. 6, 6:05 pm
Frank from Furter says:
DOT wants more protected bike lanes to separate cars and bikes. Lot of drivers dieing in crashes with bikes?
Sept. 6, 6:05 pm
Cerise Johnson from Prospect Heights says:
I live right next to McDonalds. These Bikers are way more unsafe and crazy than cars. Seen it, here it every dang day! And to Local from Here: Yes women do belong in the kitchen! Eating deliious treats what their man makes them! yummmm!
Sept. 6, 6:06 pm
Local from Here says:
So the manchild liberal cyclist troll on permanent staycation here is as misogynist as it is racist. Not surprising. These are your new neighbors, straight from their Klan meetings at the exurbs they were spawned in.
Sept. 6, 8:22 pm
Vanessa from Bushwick says:
So no one cares that drivers were undocumented immigrants??? Like that’s totally ok?
Sept. 8, 3:12 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
What the bike zealots tend to omit is that in a number of these accidents, the cyclists that got hit had a tendency to ignore traffic laws and place themselves into harm's way. Nobody will argue that those that got and possibly died deserved it, but had they followed the traffic laws better, that wouldn't happen to them. Of course, those bike zealots over on Transportation Alternatives and Streetsblog will be crying foul if there will be a crackdown going after such cyclists and claim that they are getting picked on. BTW, I do agree with de Blasio on starting to have cyclists registered, licensed, and insured, which I know they will be crying foul to this as well, because they know that this now means that they can be tracked down whenever they hit someone.
Sept. 8, 3:12 pm
WK from Fort Greene says:
I did not see the Fort Greene crash but heard it and saw the cyclist tumbling through the intersection and was first to get to him. He was not wearing a helmet. Driver said he wasn't in the bike lane but judging by where he was on the street he actually was in the bike lane. Not sure if he went through the light but that intersection is nuts at rush hour. I am a cyclist myself and find it frustrating to see so many cyclists disregard the lights and traffic laws especially in congested areas. We are the ambassadors for cycling and bad behavior does not further our message. Wear a helmet people, be safe and follow the rules or we will always be on the defensive.
Sept. 9, 3:56 pm
NakedHiker from Downtown Brooklyn says:
So much garbage in this comments section... what's the point, people? As usual, it's not really clear what really happened. The bike haters are sure, and the car haters are sure, but anyone else needs more evidence. In all likelihood, there's shared responsibility ... but of course, it's the bikers who are in the hospital.
Sept. 9, 4:35 pm
WEm III from Midwood says:
Time for Loco from here just move out of town.. He is really nowhere and never was, Maybe go over there. He is neither here nor there and never was. Doesn't he have a "JOB " ? Bet he has a cute spandex outfit for his fat BUTT. E-Biking is not exercise!!!!
Sept. 9, 6:08 pm
wk fan from Clinton Hills says:
Right ON ,WK from FT. Greene . At last a sane voice posting instead of that idiot , the local native.
Sept. 9, 6:12 pm
Norman from Ocean Ave. says:
Another failed policy by DeBlasio and his team of idiots. Why does anyone trust any policy he initiated.
Sept. 9, 6:17 pm

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