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.
Police arrested an off-duty NYPD sergeant for allegedly hitting a cyclist while driving drunk outside Stuyvesant Town last week. Police said that 42-year-old Louis Guglielmo was driving a Jeep Wrangler north on First Avenue on Thursday, December 6 at 2:23 a.m. when he drove through a red light, hitting a 35-year-old cyclist who was heading east on East 16th Street across the avenue with the right of way.
The victim told police that when the vehicle struck him, it knocked him off the bike and onto the street, causing pain to his head, neck, knee and ankle.
Police said that the jeep was partially on top of the bike after the collision. Guglielmo allegedly exited the vehicle and told the victim that he was a member of law enforcement.
“I had a few drinks, and I just did not see him in the crosswalk,” Guglielmo said at the time, according to the criminal complaint.
‘MUGGER’ KNOCKS WOMAN TO THE GROUND FOR HER PHONE ON EAST 21ST STREET
Police arrested 33-year-old Eulofio Cardona after he allegedly threw a woman to the ground and snatched her phone. The victim told police that she was standing on East 21st Street last Wednesday at 9 a.m. when Cardona ripped her phone out of her hand and then fled east on his bike.
The victim said she suffered cuts on her hands and knees as a result of being knocked to the ground.
Police arrested Cardona in front of 201 East 21st Street, charging him with robbery, grand larceny and possession of stolen property.
MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING GROCERIES FROM KIPS BAY SENIOR
Police arrested 54-year-old Leslie Vereen for petit larceny inside 14 East 28th Street last Friday at 1:30 a.m. Vereen allegedly entered the victim’s apartment and left with several bags of groceries without permission. Police said that the victim is a 74-year-old man who suffers from dementia. Vereen could allegedly be seen on a security camera leaving the victim’s apartment with the groceries.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT SECOND AND EAST 27TH
Police arrested 30-year-old Mamoun Khalil-Mohsen for assault last Monday at 5:51 a.m. at the corner of Second Avenue and East 27th Street. Police said that Khalil-Mohsen hit the victim with a belt, causing a cut and a welt on his upper back.