Update on Yesterday’s Cyclist Accident at Bowery and Delancey

Posted on: October 13th, 2010 at 6:36 am by

Yesterday morning at around 9:05 am, an eighteen-wheeler struck a cyclist in the intersection of Bowery and Delancey.  One Boogie reader (and good Samaritan!) was on scene and emailed us a detailed report of what transpired.  As the tipster aptly notes, the intersection is a “fucking deathtrap.”

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From the inbox:

I was at the scene this morning [yesterday] at about 9:05am and saw the whole thing. Tipster was right, an 18-wheeler ran over a man and his bike. I called 911 and they sent help, although there was a traffic cop standing 10ft away. It was explained by dispatch that those cops are not always “officers” and so I guess, couldn’t help?

Initially, right after the accident, he had tried to stand up but was unable to. I knelt down next to him, he was alert, responsive and when another person who was there asked, he said his name was Steven. He said he was 25 yrs old. He said he was having trouble breathing and that maybe his ribs were broken. I tried to calm him down, telling him it would be okay and help was coming. I didn’t see severe injuries to his torso, but I didn’t take a look at his legs. He was making eye contact with me, obviously very upset but was able to speak. After a few minutes, we could hear the ambulance coming, and at that point I told him help was arriving and asked if he wanted me to call anyone. At that point, he appeared to be going into shock, his color changed and he was less responsive. Paramedics arrived, I didn’t want to get in the way and had to go to work.

I haven’t been able to find out anything; I called the local precinct on Elizabeth Street and dispatch didn’t know anything because it was a 911 call. Hospitals can’t say anything and because I don’t know his last name, they can’t even confirm if he’s there.

I hope he’s okay and if you guys find out anything more, please let me know. Because he was able to try and get up right after, my hope is that it’s broken bones and nothing more. But he also took an 18-wheeler truck’s wheel to the chest, so I’m pretty concerned.

If you have more information on Steven, please drop us an email.  And, as an aside, here is another example of how unsafe the intersection can get. We shot this video in the summer of 2009, but it could easily have transpired yesterday.

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