On Friday afternoon, at about 12:30pm, a 17-year-old cyclist riding west along 125th Street in Harlem near Fifth Avenue was hit by a truck. The victim was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The teenager’s name, DNAinfo notes, has yet to be released by the NYPD. He was riding west with traffic, having just passed Fifth Avenue, at the time of the collision. The driver of the mid-sized truck stopped and remained at the scene. No criminality is suspected.
This latest cyclist casualty comes at a moment of increased scrutiny of the NYPD’s handling of bike deaths, following accusations of lost evidence and other sloppy work surrounding the October death of artist Mathieu Lefèvre in Bushwick.
It also follows prolonged debate over bike lanes that are slated to be extended into East Harlem, and could bring much-needed safe havens to the bike lane-starved neighborhood.