On Friday night around 8:30pm the Williamsburg-based Egyptian artist Nicolas Djandji was riding his bicycle eastbound on Borinquen Place and turning north onto Rodney Street when he was hit and dragged by a black Toyota SUV traveling west on Borinquen. He was taken to Woodhull Hospital, but died shortly thereafter.
According to accounts in the Daily News and the Post, Djandji was riding on a black racing bike, following a friend, when he ran the red light on Borinquen and turned into the intersection. The driver of the Toyota—who remained at the scene and won’t be charged—was traveling in the opposite direction on Borinquen at the time of the collision according to the Post. As that intersection has no left turn signals she must also have been passing through it after the light had turned red.
Djandji’s death marks not only the tenth cyclist fatality of the year, but also the fifth in the past month.