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José Ramos, a 56-year-old cyclist, died after being hit last night by a hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn (NYC).
Hours later, a 51-year-old delivery rider was stabbed to death during a robbery in Chinatown, reported NY1 News. The brutal homicide happened around 1 a.m. at the intersection of Hester and Chrystie, and the assailant took the victim’s bicycle.
In Brooklyn, Ramos suffered a “Severe head and body trauma”, New York police said Saturday. The fatal collision occurred last night at 10 p.m. at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Essex Street, in the vecindario East New York.
Agents who responded to a 911 call they found Ramos lying on the road, unconscious. Paramedics transported him to Interfaith Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
An initial investigation by the NYPD Highway District Collision Investigation Squad determined that a white or light-colored sedan He was traveling west on Atlantic Avenue, approaching the Essex Street intersection, when the bicyclist attempted to cross at the crosswalk marked south to north.
The vehicle struck Ramos, knocking him onto the highway, before accelerating west on Atlantic Avenue. The investigation is ongoing, reported New York Post.
No arrests have been made. Who has information should call at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through the page crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.
A record of 124 people died in NYC traffic from January 1 to June 30, 2021: 64 pedestrians, 52 car occupants and 8 cyclists. It has been the deadliest semester on asphalt and sidewalks since Mayor De Blasio took office in 2014. The following months have continued that fatal trend.
With fewer cars on the asphalt during the pandemic, the streets of NYC became a terrain of speeding and recklessness, according to statistics from another recent report by the Manhattan Institute. In addition, Extended outdoor restaurants in the name of social distancing they have generated more improvisation in the already narrow spaces shared with pedestrians, riders, garbage bags and vehicles.
But cars are not the only threat: actress Lisa Banes died in June after being hit by a scooter. Also since the pandemic there are more cyclists – delivery men and walkers – in the streets, who go up to the sidewalks and disrespect the traffic lights and the direction of the roads, surprising pedestrians. The rental and purchase of motorcycles and bicycles has been experiencing a boom in the city for some time.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.