Three cyclists killed in Brooklyn in the past week have brought the number of cyclist fatalities in the city so far this year to 10 — the same number the city saw in all of 2018.
Eight of the 10 deaths have been in Brooklyn, and five in southern Brooklyn alone.
A 16-year-old bicyclist died in Borough Park after he got “doored” by a parked car Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning, cops announced that a cyclist had died from injuries sustained in a Saturday crash in Crown Heights. They are the second and third bikers killed from Brooklyn crashes this week.
Kenichi Nakagawa, 22, was riding south on Brooklyn Avenue toward the intersection of Dean Street in Crown Heights Saturday around 5:20 p.m. when he biked through a red light, according to cops. A 66-year-old driving a Toyota Sienna east on Dean Street hit Nakagawa with his car, knocking him to the pavement. He suffered traumatic injuries to the head and died at Kings County Hospital three days later.
Yisroel Schwartz – a teenager – was killed Wednesday evening in Borough Park when he swerved to avoid getting hit by a car door whose passenger was opening their door. He could not avoid it.
Nakagawa and Schwartz were the seventh and eighth cyclists killed this year in Brooklyn, with five of the 10 citywide riders killed in southern Brooklyn, leading pro-bike advocates to call on the city to make the borough’s streets safer to ride.
Robert Sommer was struck and killed in Marine Park on Sunday while trying to bike across a four-lane street.
No arrests have been made in any of the three cases, and police are still investigating.
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