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.