UPDATE: Car Hits Cyclist on Union Street and Sixth Avenue

A man was struck by a car at the intersection and transported to Kings County Hospital on Sunday Morning, FDNY officials said.

UPDATE, May 9, 1:16 p.m.: According to an NYPD spokesman, the car had the right of way. Witnesses told police that the car was driving south on Sixth Avenue and made a left-hand turn at Union Street while the driver had a green light.

The bicyclist was riding on Union Street from Seventh Avenue, but ran a red light at the intersection of Sixth Avenue.

Police said that the cyclist flew off his bike after the collision, but only suffered “cuts and scratches” and was not seriously injured.  

A bicyclist was hit by a car at the intersection of Union Street and Sixth Avenue on Sunday, an FDNY spokesman said.

The collision occurred at around 8:59 a.m. and left the cyclist bleeding from the head, but he was “awake and breathing,” the spokesman said.

The biker was transported to Kings County Hospital.

An FDNY official said that the car left the scene before officials arrived.

A woman who witnessed the car hit the biker E-mailed Patch and said she “heard a crash” and saw the biker on the sidewalk with blood running down his face.

She also said that she saw a black car with no license plates stop and then drive off northbound on Sixth Avenue.

An NYPD spokesman said that they did not immediately have any information on the accident. 

Peter May 07, 2012 at 10:30 PM
How about we make this residential neighborhood safer so that we can ride our bicycles legally without the risk of getting severely injured or killed by reckless drivers?
Loretta Leong May 08, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I lived on Union St. between 7th & 8th Avenue for over 60 years...it USED to be a leisurely neighborhood street, but that was back in the good old days. The last 10 years I've watched cars come up and down Union Street going 65+ mph ALL the time. Amazing more people aren't killed.
Patti May 09, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Perhaps we have one bicyclist that will not run another red light. It is too bad the driver of the car has to live with the memory of hitting someone even if, it was not his fault. I do realize that someone driving a car should "always" be able to stop but when you have someone getting right in your path you are not able to stop.
Ladydi69126 May 09, 2012 at 06:33 PM
So true i had them come up beside me out of the blue when opening my car door. Break my window but that's o k right? This is not some small town in Iowa but a Urban place in NYC. Now the bike share stuff will only make things worse instead of better more cyclists thinking this is amsterdam not NYC
Attorney May 09, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Ladydi69126, dooring a cyclist is always illegal and always the fault of the motorist. It is your responsibility to look for cyclists and other motorists before opening your door. RCNY § 4-12(c) It is illegal to get out of a vehicle in a manner which endangers cyclists (often referred to as "dooring"). By the way, if the driver was such an upstanding citizen and was not at fault, why did he flee and why was he driving a car without license plates? Sounds like the cyclist was dumb, but it also sounds like we have a driver who should also be off the road. Fleeing the scene of an accident, even one that isn't your fault, is illegal.
Parksloper May 09, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Hey Peter, want to take back your false accusation: "The bicyclist was riding on Union Street from Seventh Avenue, but ran a red light at the intersection of Sixth Avenue" Also Gary and the others who jumped on the "reckless car driver" attack. Hint, wait for the facts before opening mouth.
Attorney May 09, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I'd say that leaving the scene of an accident is reckless...and illegal.
Peter May 09, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I'd love to know how the NYPD arrived at that conclusion, given the fact that the driver left the scene of the accident. Remember, this is the same NYPD that flat out lied about the death of Mathieu Lefevre. Took 6 months of FOIA lawsuits to show that.
rick sanchez May 09, 2012 at 09:17 PM
peter - read the article before asking dumb questions: witnesses told the cops what happened. you just have to get through the first two sentences, buddy.
Peter May 09, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Rick - the cops had *VIDEO* evidence of what happened to Mathieu Lefevre, and they still got it wrong.
Steven P May 09, 2012 at 11:36 PM
No, Rick. Police say that witnesses told them what happened. (Read the first two sentences.) That's not the same as witnesses saying it to a reporter, for example. Is there any independent verification or is the information coming straight from the police department?
rick sanchez May 10, 2012 at 03:13 AM
steven, i didn't think i'd find a dumber question than peter's, but you've proven me wrong. peter stated, "i'd love to know how the NYPD arrived at that conclusion." now read what you wrote, braniac.
rick sanchez May 10, 2012 at 03:14 AM
peter - you're an idiot. so what? because the police have made mistakes in the past, all their actions are mistaken? how does what happened to lefevre affect this incident?
Steven P May 10, 2012 at 03:37 AM
But who were the witnesses? Did Patch speak to them? If you've been following NYPD AIS reports on accidents, they typically don't even match video of the incidents they describe. I'm not sure if there's much reason to believe something right now just because a spokesperson from the NYPD says so.
rick sanchez May 10, 2012 at 04:10 AM
steven, i had always been curious about what would happen when paranoia and stupidity bred. now i know. you're a real piece of work.
Ladydi69126 May 10, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I always look before opening my door i am not an idiot but these guys come from no where and why break my window? I didnt hit him and as an "attorney" he was wrong for doing that as you should be aware. As for the guy leaving the scene of an accident i hope they catch him and he is punished accordingly, but cyclists have be more aware of their surroundings as well as a motorist. It is only goint to get worse with the bike share.
Patti May 10, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Here it is: The cyclist (as witness told Police) ran a red light which caused a car to hit the cyclist. The cyclist is wrong should get a ticket. The driver of the vehicle left the scene of an accident. The driver was wrong leaving the scene should get a ticket. As for the incident I would think the blame stays with the cyclist even though the driver hit the cyclist. It was the cyclist's fault he ran a red light which is illegal.
Robert May 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
after he was hit by the bike.. he still should have stopped but get the facts correct..
Robert May 10, 2012 at 07:43 PM
the biker is the one who broke the law and caiused the accidednt.. The driver should have stayed but the penelty for being hit by a bike is great (insurance increase..hours of police nonsense..public shame if a picture is published.. ect) so there is huge motivation to just leave..
Robert May 10, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Loretta. nobody is doing 65 on a regular basis.. your exaggeration makes you comments meaningless. As for Peter, first, this is a mixed zone neighborhood, not a residential neighborhood.. secondly, there is no way to make things "safe" (in your sense) without trampling the rights of everyone else.. you dont seem to care about other people, you seem pretty comfortable in your selfishness
Robert May 10, 2012 at 07:52 PM
they dont read, they feel.. they are liberals
Robert May 10, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Steven, your stupid ids showing.. The Huff and the Patch do no reporting or fact checking.. facts are irreverent, look at the headline.. Car hits Cyclist... From the headline on it is just a liberal propaganda piece.. funny that you are not intelligent enough to see it but still make comment
johnny July 03, 2012 at 12:15 PM
um in the report yes driver wrong for leaving but it says the biker was wrong lol
johnny July 03, 2012 at 12:19 PM
driver is wrong for leaving but the biker blew the light an was wrong also i see bikers in the slope always blow lights constantly and if you think about it, the bikes are how many pounds? and a car 4,000 . so if a biker knows this why go thru lights . bikers go thru the lights at a 100 to 1 ratio go out today and look and see!!
johnny July 03, 2012 at 12:22 PM
now lets get to the ped in park slope light turns green so you think a person would like to get across the street quickly an safely correct? so what do ppl in park slope do when crossing START TEXTING ! and walk slower on spite when a car wants to make a simple turn!! i dare anyone to say this is untrue lol please note in some towns texting while crossing the street is not legal !!
johnny July 03, 2012 at 12:29 PM
and if make remarks about the so called educated parents in p slope that ride there kids on those things attach to the back of there bikes i am sure my comm will be removed lol that is the most retarded thing a parent can do to an unknowing kid . just think about this if they pass by a truck with those things and biker just makes it the back part of the bike which has the kids gets it lol brainless!
johnny July 03, 2012 at 12:31 PM
all the ppl blaming the car only read this from top UPDATE, May 9, 1:16 p.m.: According to an NYPD spokesman, the car had the right of way. Witnesses told police that the car was driving south on Sixth Avenue and made a left-hand turn at Union Street while the driver had a green light
slopegal July 03, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Hey why do they have all these people driving cars! Don't you know bikes are the way to go man, I mean man you gotta like save the earth here man, like I can't breath man, veggies way to go, hey that tofu bar is way too big, man you must eat small amounts and you can eat once a day man, you can't go out after 6 pm, because that's when all the other people go out, you know, the ones that just want to do what they feel is right for them
johnny July 03, 2012 at 12:59 PM
slopegal you are correct everyone should use there cars less only when needed this would help everything but when i see ppl on bikes texting! people walking across the street texting and slowing down on spite that is wrong
slopegal July 03, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Cars should be banned with soda,ciggies, ice cream, chips, cakes, beers, liquers,hell all food should be taken off the shelfs of stores. There should only be water, rice cakes, soy patties, gee that would mean no more lingering in bars,cafes. Then we should all wear red shirts, white pants. And wave to each Othefjr on our bikes


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