Last night around 7pm 29-year-old Bushwick resident and dancer Erica Abbott was cycling southbound on Bushwick Avenue near Powers Street, mere blocks from her home, when she fell off her bicycle and was run over and killed by a woman driving a Mercedes-Benz. This marks the fourth cyclist fatality in August, and the second 29-year-old rider killed in Bushwick this month.
Witnesses told the Daily News that Abbott was passing a construction site when a car horn caused her to turn her head and lose control of her bicycle near a pile of wood on the street. She fell towards traffic and, despite wearing a helmet, eventually succumbed to injuries sustained when she was run over by a 2002 Mercedes. She was pronounced dead after being taken to Woodhull Hospital.
The driver of the Benz, an unidentified 34-year-old woman, stayed at the scene after the collision and isn't expected to face charges.
Abbott, a dancer with an MFA from SUNY Purchase, lived nearby. One her neighbors told the Daily News that "he often ran into Abbott walking her dog, Banjo."