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Wrestler Matt Travis's Life Tragically Cut Short in Hit and Run

Saturday, November 9, 2019 marks another tragedy in New York. At around 2:30am, 25-year-old Matt Travis was riding his bicycle in the bike lane at the foot of the Willis Avenue Bridge in East Harlem when a Kenworth dump truck, traveling southbound along First Avenue, made an illegal left turn onto East 125th Street and slammed into Travis before a number of horrified witnesses.

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. 

After 2 More Fatal Bike Accidents, NYC Faces a Traffic Safety Crisis

The bike safety crisis in New York City continues to become more urgent after 17-year-old Alex Cordero in Staten Island and an unnamed man in Greenpoint, Brooklyn were killed in two separate bike accidents on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. There have now been seventeen NYC bike riders killed in traffic accidents in 2019, after 10 cyclists were killed in all of 2018.

Auxiliary NYPD Car Slams Into Pedestrian on Sidewalk in Queens

An auxiliary NYPD car slammed into a woman walking on a Queens sidewalk after it ran a red light and was struck by a van proceeding through a green light, causing the cop car to hit a parked vehicle and careen onto the sidewalk on Friday, July 5th, 2019. Video of the shocking accident, which occurred at the intersection of Harman St. and Cypress Ave. in Ridgewood, was captured by dashcam footage of the parked vehicle. 

Devra Freelander Killed in Truck Crash; 15th NYC Cyclist Fatality in 2019

Yet another cyclist has been mowed down on the streets of New York City after 28-year-old Devra Freelander was struck and killed by a cement truck driver in Brooklyn on Monday, July 1, 2019. Sadly, this marks the 15th cyclist fatality in New York City in 2019, compared to 10 such fatalities in all of 2018. 

Albert Geerders Fatally Struck by Truck Driver in Nesconset Parking Lot

68-year-old Albert Geerders of Ronkonkoma was hit and killed by a commercial truck driver in the parking lot of a Nesconset business on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Multiple outlets report that the truck was backing up at the time the crash occurred. Sadly, Geerders was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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