Truck strikes cyclist in Park Slope

Truck strikes cyclist in Park Slope
Photo by Colin Mixson

A box truck collided with a cyclist in Park Slope Tuesday morning, leaving the biker unconscious.

Surveillance footage shows the Citi Bike rider heading north along Fifth Avenue at shortly after 7:40 a.m., when a southbound delivery vehicle strikes him as he attempts to turn left onto Warren Street.

The biker was directly behind another northbound truck when he attempted the ill-fated turn. That vehicle appears to have obscured the biker from the truck — and vice versa, footage shows.

Following the collision, a woman can be seen attempting to communicate with the cyclist, who is either unconscious, or incapable of rising to his feet, surveillance footage provided courtesy of Fifth Avenue eatery Miriam and Milan Optique shows.

Paramedics transported the unconscious man to Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, according to a spokesman for the Fire Department, who could not provide any additional information regarding the cyclist’s condition.

Paramedics rushed an unconcious Citi Bike rider to Methodist Hospital following a collision Tuesday.
Photo by Colin Mixson

A spokesman for the Police Department said medics transported the cyclist with only minor injuries, and that the accident is being investigated by the 78th Precinct.

Following the collision, a Citi Bike could be seen propped against a Fifth Avenue street light, its front fork ripped clean off the bike.

Vehicular collisions have claimed the lives of 15 New York City cyclists this year — including 11 deaths in Brooklyn — as compared to only 10 deaths citywide in 2018.

The crash occurred on the same morning that Citi Bike announced its scheme to expand further into Brooklyn, with new docks planned for Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Kensington, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace, Brownsville, and East Flatbush over the next three years, according to an AM New York report.

Debris left on Fifth Avenue after a box truck collided with a Citi Bike rider.
Photo by Colin Mixson

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