Wednesday, May 29, 2019
[Updated] Reader report: Police SUV strikes cyclist on 1st Avenue and St. Mark's Place
According to several readers, an Interceptor SUV from the NYPD's 9th Precinct was traveling north along First Avenue — with its siren on and lights flashing — when it struck a cyclist crossing at St. Mark's Place this afternoon just before 4.
Witnesses believe that the cyclist, riding an e-bike and heading east, had the green light.
The images here are screengrabs from a 6-minute video that a reader shared showing the aftermath of the collision. (From the look of the crowd that had gathered, multiple people were filming this.)
The force of the impact propelled the cyclist into an area on First Avenue where a Verizon crew was working. One man on a hoverboard, a constant presence in the video, says: "He almost flew inside the truck! That's how hard they hit him."
From the video, the cyclist seems to be in a great deal of pain, screaming when the EMTs try to place him on a stretcher. He motions that he broke a leg. (The reader claims that the NYPD tried to make the man get up before the EMTs arrived, though that wasn't on the video.)
You can see the indentation where the SUV struck the cyclist...
We'll update when we receive more information about what happened and the cyclist's condition.
Patch follows up our story with a few more details.
The police were responding to a 911 call in which a 15-year-old boy was slashed at 14th Street and First Avenue.
The cyclist, 36, was taken to Bellevue with back and leg injuries.
And: "After the incident, cops slapped the e-biker with a summons for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and operating an e-bike."