On Saturday afternoon Marilyn Dershowitz, 68, sister-in-law of the famous Brooklyn-born litigator Alan Dershowitz, was killed while riding her bicycle on West 29th Street near Ninth Avenue in Chelsea. The block in question (pictured) is a covered, tunnel-like passage lined with postal trucks and fed by various access ramps to the surrounding mail sorting plant. DNAinfo reports that the driver of the seven-ton postal truck that hit her was unaware of the collision until he was tracked down by authorities, though he isn’t expected to face charges, according to the Post.
Marilyn Dershowitz and her husband Nathan were riding westbound on West 29th Street around noon Saturday. According to Nathan, two vehicles—a car and the mail truck—were alongside one another driving down the wide one-lane street, and as the roadway narrowed and the 24-year veteran mail truck driver Ian Clement maneuvered to avoid the other vehicle on his left he hit Dershowitz on his right. A police source told DNAinfo: “He heard a thump, but he thought he hit a bump or a crate. At one point, he thought the car hit him.”
While the NYPD doesn’t expect Clement to face charges, Nathan Dershowitz told the Post: “You cannot crash into a person on a bike and keep going.” Marilyn Dershowitz was a lawyer and a retired Manhattan Supreme Court referee.