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September 2019 Archives

14-Year-Old Mario Valenzuela Dies in Tragic LIC Cyclist Accident

On Saturday afternoon, September 21, 2019, 14-year-old Mario Valenzuela was struck and killed by a sanitation truck in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. This accident tragically brings the number of cyclist deaths in New York City to 21 so far in 2019, more than double the amount throughout the city in 2018, according to The New York Post

Cyclist Injured in Truck Accident on Third Avenue in Gowanus, Brooklyn

A man riding an electric bicycle on Third Avenue was seriously injured in a collision with a truck driver on Sunday, September 8, 2019, continuing the disturbing trend of high rates of NYC bicycle accidents in 2019. This year, there have already been 20 cycling fatalities, with 15 of those deaths occurring in Brooklyn, compared to 10 such fatalities throughout the city in all of 2018. 

Carlos Olmedo Lala Killed in Underreported Manhattan Scaffold Fall

In an accident that received nearly zero media coverage at the time it occurred, construction worker Carlos Olmedo Lala died in a scaffold fall on a construction site in Harlem on June 22, 2019. Altogether, at least fifteen safety violations have been issued to four different companies regarding the fatal accident, which was not initially reported to the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) as required under Local Law 78.

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