Cyclist killed by truck driver on Sixth Avenue

Cyclists paid their respect to the rider who was killed on Sixth Avenue. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel 

A truck driver killed a 20-year-old bicyclist on Monday morning at 9:25 a.m. on Sixth Avenue at West 23rd Street. When police responded to a 911 call about the collision, officers found the woman unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the street with trauma to her head. EMS responded to the scene and transported her to Bellevue Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. 

A white Freightliner delivery truck and the cyclist were both traveling north on Sixth Avenue and a preliminary investigation found that the truck driver collided with the cyclist near the intersection of Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street. Police said that the 54-year-old truck driver initially left the scene but returned shortly after, so he was not charged with leaving the scene of an accident. 

The driver was issued five summonses but police said that the summonses were all related to truck inspections and not the collision. The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is investigating but the driver has not been arrested. 

Cyclists held a vigil and memorial on Monday evening at the spot where the woman was killed, leaving flowers and candles on the east side of Sixth Avenue between West 23rd and 24th Street where the collision occurred.

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3 thoughts on “Cyclist killed by truck driver on Sixth Avenue

  1. This was a really sad and terrible event, needless because of many factors that could have protected the cyclist from the truck driver. We need to hear more & assign accountability.

    This thread is awfully quiet. Where are all the people calling for street safety?

    • You must have insider information or you’re pedaling more fake news. Seems the driver that you and your Transportation Alternative kinfolk and the T&V are blaming did nothing wrong, at least according to the NYPD at this point.

      This was a really sad and terrible event, needless because of many factors that could have protected the truck driver from the cyclist. We need to hear more & assign accountability.

  2. Never hear too much sympathy or outrage expressed by cyclists when a pedestrian is killed or maimed for life. It was tragic that the young lady lost her life, but let’s not jump to judgment as to who was to blame. Bike messengers are known for their reckless manner of riding. Maybe she wasn’t riding recklessly, but I don’t think cyclists belong on City streets and they DEFINITELY don’t belong on sidewalks.

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