NYC Cyclist Remains In Critical Condition After Accident
March 9th, 2012|
March 9, 2012
A cyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a car in the Gramercy Park area of New York City this past Friday. According to reports from the Gothamist, the accident happened at 9:48 a.m. at the intersection of Second Avenue and East 18th Street.
Reports from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) indicate that the 23-year-old cyclist was heading south in the bicycle lane when he had to stop for a vehicle making a left turn onto East 18th. The cyclist fell off his bike and was struck by another passing vehicle. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Despite several laws being created in recent years to protect cyclists and pedestrians, an NYPD spokesperson said that no charges had been filed in connection with the crash; however, they added that the Department’s Accident Investigation Squad is continuing to look into the matter.
Haley and Diego’s Law took effect two years ago, closing a loophole that allowed drivers who hit pedestrians and cyclists to go unpunished by stating that “drivers who act in a manner that endangers or would be likely to endanger a pedestrian or cyclist thereby causing physical injury or death shall be guilty of a traffic infraction.”