Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Atlantic Yards Causes Bike-SUV Collision

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Vision-blocking blue construction fences at the Atlantic Yards site.
  • Vision-blocking blue construction fences at the Atlantic Yards site.

Last week a bicycle deliveryman was killed on the Upper East Side after a car swerved to avoid Second Avenue subway construction and cut off a city bus, which hit the cyclist, and last night construction blockages precipitated a non-fatal bicycle collision in Brooklyn: the Park Slope Patch reports that shortly after 10pm an SUV hit a cyclist at the intersection of Dean Street and Sixth Avenue after the driver's view of the oncoming rider was blocked by big blue Atlantic Yards construction walls.

Aftermath of the collision, photographed by local resident Wayne Bailey.
  • Aftermath of the collision, photographed by local resident Wayne Bailey.

The SUV driver, whose windshield was smashed when the cyclist was thrown over the hood in the collision, remained at the scene while the deliveryman was taken to the emergency room by ambulance. The driver told local resident Wayne Bailey when he arrived at the scene that the cyclist ran through a red light. Bailey told the Patch: "He said he didn’t even see the cyclist because of the blue wall where the arena is being built. He said it blocked his view and the bike came out of nowhere."

A police source asserts that "The cyclist was at fault," although, clearly, Bruce Ratner was at fault.

(Photos: Mark Ovaska/Flickr at top; Wayne Bailey below)

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