Trucker cited after smashing into Greenpoint cyclist • Brooklyn Paper

Trucker cited after smashing into Greenpoint cyclist

911: First responders arrive on the scene after a cyclist was hit by a truck in Greenpoint on Thursday.
Noel Hidalgo

A truck driver struck a cyclist in Greenpoint on Thursday, hospitalizing him.

The motorist attempted to make a right turn onto Franklin Street off of Banker Street at 2:30 p.m., when he collided with the cyclist who was riding along Franklin Street’s northbound bike path, according to police.

The intersection where the collision occurred features a stop sign for Banker Street traffic seeking to merge onto Franklin Street, and forces motorists to cross over the perpendicular bike path to complete a turn in either direction onto the north-south thoroughfare.

Paramedics rushed the cyclist to Bellevue Hospital with a fractured ankle. The driver remained on the scene, and was issued multiple summonses, according to authorities.

The crash occurred as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a renewed commitment to expanding the city’s bike lane network — a response to the dramatic uptick in citywide cyclist fatalities in 2019.

“The fact that this all happened in such a small amount of time — it’s a crisis and an emergency,” said de Blasio during the press conference.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.

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