Wednesday, October 27, 2021

A ghost bike for Borkot Ullah on Avenue B

A ghost bike was installed in recent days outside 8-10 Avenue B. 

While his name isn't on the sign via, sources confirm this is a tribute to Borkot Ullah, a delivery worker killed by a hit-and-run driver this past July...
According to published reports, Ulah, 24, was on an e-bike crossing East Houston — from Clinton to Avenue B — around 11 p.m on July 8.  A black Subaru Outback — driving at a high rate of speed and apparently being pursued by an unmarked police car — was traveling eastbound. The vehicle struck Ulah and did not stop. The driver was later seen heading northbound on the FDR, ABC 7 reported.

Ullah was a member of Desis Rising Up and Moving, an undocumented workers' rights group. 

GoFundMe campaign raised more than $30,000 to help his family both here and in Bangladesh with expenses. His body was returned to Bangladesh, where he was buried on July 15.
To date, no one has been charged with Ulah's death. State Attorney General Letitia James's office was reviewing the case because of the police involvement in the collision, Streetsblog reported on July 12.

According to Transportation Alternatives, "there have now been at least 206 traffic deaths in 2021, including at least 16 cyclists killed. This year is on track to be the deadliest year since Mayor de Blasio took office."

H/T Salim


david said...

So sad

Anonymous said...

Our Mayor and the DOT contribute to crashes with inadequate enforcement and dangerous street design. Vision zero was a complete failure.

Chris said...

This is so awful. As if there aren’t enough ambient dangers, why in god’s name was NYPD engaged in a high speed chase down Houston?

Anonymous said...

The cops don’t have video recorders running all of the time? I don’t understand how they don’t know who the driver was, especially since they saw the car again later on the FDR.