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Cyclist Struck and Killed by Truck in East Williamsburg — First Cyclist Death of the Year

Vandervort Avenue (Google Maps)

Jan. 31, 2020 By Allie Griffin

A 41-year old cyclist was struck and killed by a truck driver in East Williamsburg yesterday.

Pedro Lopez was riding his bicycle along Vandervoort Avenue when he was hit by a 2005 Isuzu flatbed truck that was making a U-turn around 2:40 p.m., police said.

The truck continued onto the curb and struck an unoccupied parked vehicle, which caused a chain reaction — hitting and damaging three other parked vehicles, police said.

When officers arrived, they found Lopez laying on the pavement, unconscious and unresponsive with severe head and body injuries. EMS rushed him to NYC Health & Hospitals/Woodhull, where he was pronounced dead.

The 54-year-old truck driver remained on the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

Lopez is believed to be the first cyclist death of the new year. The number of cyclist deaths in New York City hit a historic high last year, reaching 29 fatalities as compared to 10 in 2018.

Streetsblog posted a video of the incident.

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