A motorist and a bicyclist collided, killing the 22-year-old rider at the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 35th Street in Astoria. The fatal collision occurred on July 23 at around 11 p.m.
Witnesses who were interviewed by representatives with the Highway District Collision Investigation Squad (HDCIS) for the New York Police Department (NYPD) reported seeing the bicyclist collide into the front of the Ford van. The impact was apparently so severe that it left damage along the passenger side of the vehicle.
When emergency crews arrived at the crash scene, they determined that the bicyclist had suffered traumatic injuries to both her head and lower limbs. They quickly whisked her away to Elmhurst's NYC Health Hospitals. She was pronounced dead the following day.
The 28-year-old driver who struck her remained at the scene and cooperated with their investigation. Police reportedly haven't yet completed their investigation into the crash nor decided whether to file charges related to the motorist's involvement in the crash.
A local Queens Democratic councilman who represents Astoria formally requested that the New York City Department of Transportation conduct a safety assessment of the intersection where the incident occurred. He says that it's important since many crashes at that location have resulted in injuries and fatalities in the past few years.
There are a few standard reasons bicycle accidents occur. One of the more common reasons is because motorists fail to yield to bicyclists' rights of way. Bicyclists often suffer catastrophic injuries from bike crashes and need to protect their rights to pursue financial compensation for their injuries.