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Another Cyclist Struck at Fourth Ave. and Ninth St.

UntitledStephen Rex Brown Medics tend to the cyclist.

A cyclist was hit by a cab after running a red light at East Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue shortly after 6:30 p.m., witnesses said.

The cyclist was traveling west-bound on East Ninth Street, went through a red light and then managed to avoid one cab before being nailed by a second, Katarina Kojic said. “Luckily, I don’t think he hit his head,” she said.

The victim was treated by Fire Department medics and put in an ambulance.

“He came across. There was too much traffic, I didn’t see him,” said the cabbie, Hardyale Singh. “I hit the bike, not him. It wasn’t my fault.”

This is the second accident at that intersection that The Local has recently stumbled upon. In June a pregnant cyclist was hit by a cabbie at the very same spot. Read more…

Unmarked Car? Not After This Bowery Fender Bender

IMG_0180Stephen Rex Brown The unmarked police car and the van in the background.
IMG_0181Stephen Rex Brown Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann speaks with the driver, who eventually decided against going to the hospital.

We already knew traffic on the Bowery was a nightmare, but a van driver found out the hard way this afternoon, after rear-ending an unmarked police car at East Fourth Street. Awkward!

The commanding officer of the Ninth, Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann, made a star appearance at the scene of the fender-bender at around 4:30 p.m. He said the officer driving the car, who works at the Police Academy, considered going to the hospital, but then decided against it.

The passengers in the van were fine, and no damage was evident to either vehicle.

Head-On Collision on FDR Kills Two

Photos by Baruch Herzfeld: Cars involved in a collision on FDR Drive were towed to Delancey Street between Ridge and Pitt Streets.

A driver heading the wrong way on FDR Drive led to a three-car pileup that left two dead and two others injured early Sunday morning.

The police said that a 26-year-old man was driving a Nissan Maxima at 2:52 a.m. against southbound traffic when he collided with a Dodge Caravan. A Mazda then collided with the wreck near Houston Street, injuring the 22-year-old driver, as well as her 31-year-old passenger.

The 52-year-old driver of the Caravan and the driver of the Maxima were both pronounced dead at the scene. The passengers of the Mazda were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, the police said. The police have not yet released the names of the victims.

Unreported Cycling Accidents On the Rise?

Runnin’ Scared has the harrowing tale of an actress and NYU professor, Cynthia Wright, who was nailed by a speeding cyclist while crossing Third Street at Avenue A. She didn’t file a report, but realized days later that she has several visits to the orthopedist on the horizon for damage to her face, jaw, knees and tibia. A friend then posted a sign in the neighborhood asking that the cyclist listen to his conscience, call Ms. Wright and help with the expenses. As it so happens, Andrea Peyser’s column today mentions an East Village man, Jack Brown, who was also injured by a bike but failed to go to the hospital.

Police Car Involved in Early-Morning Crash

At Sixth St. and Cooper SquareDaniel Maurer A damaged police car near Cooper Square.

The Local spotted a damaged police cruiser being hauled away on a truck bed this morning at Cooper Square and Sixth Street. The side air bags had been deployed, and the passenger-side of the car was dented. A spokesman for the police department said that the car was involved in a crash with a black car at around 5:20 a.m. There were no major injuries from the accident, and no one was arrested. The spokesman had no further information. Do you? <a href=””>E-mail The Local</a> whenever you see something like this and give us the what, who, where, and when.

Pedestrian Struck By Cyclist at Astor Place

photo 5Lauren Carol Smith The aftermath of a collision between a cyclist and pedestrian at Astor Place.

A cyclist ran into a pedestrian at Lafayette and Eighth Streets yesterday at around 6:30 p.m., a fire department spokesman said.

The 30-year-old woman, who was conscious and not bleeding, was treated at Bellevue Hospital, the spokesman added. The cyclist was not hauled to the hospital.

A bystander on the scene told the Local that the woman had stepped into the path of the cyclist, though that could not be confirmed.

Bar Owner Dies After Cycling Accident

Ray Deter, the owner of d.b.a bar on First Avenue, died Sunday of injuries that he sustained when he was struck by a car while cycling June 27. The staff at d.b.a. posted news of Mr. Deter’s death on the bar’s Facebook page. Details about funeral services for Mr. Deter have not yet been released.
Khristopher J. Brooks

12 Injured in School Bus Accident

Twelve people sustained minor injuries this morning when a school bus struck a speed bump on 12th Street near Third Avenue jostling the passengers, the authorities said. None of the injuries appeared to be serious and no one was transported to the hospital, the authorities said. The Local has reporters on the scene and will provide more information as it becomes available.—Kenan Christiansen

Downed Tree Branch Snarls St. Marks

Firefighters clear away debrisMolly O’Toole Firefighters clear debris along St. Marks Place after a downed tree branch toppled a lightpole and struck a car.
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The LamppostMolly O’Toole Images of the debris on St. Marks Place. Normal traffic was expected to resume along the street later this evening.

Earlier this evening, a downed tree branch toppled a lamp post on St. Marks Place between Second and Third Avenues closing the street to traffic while emergency workers cleared the debris. No one was injured in the incident.

NYU Journalism’s Molly O’Toole interviewed the driver of a car that was struck by falling debris.

The driver, who declined to be identified, said that he was getting out of his car around 5 p.m. when passersby began gesturing toward him to move.

“People started yelling to get out,” the driver said. “I didn’t want to move but I finally jumped out and that was it.”

The driver told Ms. O’Toole that falling debris dented the roof of his car moments later.

The fallen branch also brought down a lamp post and exposed live electrical wires, the authorities said.

The police closed off the area to allow firefighters with chainsaws and other emergency workers to clear branches and other debris.

Normal traffic along St. Marks was expected to resume this evening.