A crash at 95th street and Riverside Drive late Monday night left a bicyclist bloodied. GerryK witnessed the scene shortly after the crash and sent us the photos above and below, as well as the following account.
Last night about 9 PM at 95 St. where the Riverside service road feeds into Riverside Drive I came across a cyclist lying in a puddle of blood a few feet from a mangled bike and one of his shoes – he’d been hit by an SUV likely coming off the highway exit ramp whose driver said she had the green light and that he’d been heading south along the wrong side of Riverside Drive (i.e. the uptown-bound side). Emergency respondents were there soon enough, and I didn’t see any obvious head injuries to the poor guy (I didn’t see a helmet). Here are 2 admittedly poor photos I took at the scene.
2 other points –
1. As do other regular cyclists, I too head over to the uptown lane heading southbound to turn onto 95 St. because to try to make that turn the legal way from the middle of Riverside Dr. is simply too dangerous – motorists are in highway mode and simply run you off the road, and police officers staking out that dangerous intersection for traffic infractions never seem to take an interest (I say this based on 30 years of passing through that intersection on a nearly daily basis). In this case, though, judging by where the bike was lying, it’s not clear the cyclist was trying to make the turn – he might have just been heading to the service road the wrong way, which would be harder to justify.
2. For comic relief, a guy in a vehicle stuck a few minutes on the service road demanded that we drag the cyclist off the street “because he’s blocking traffic.” folks pretty much told him to pipe down and he backed off.
Police say “there was no arrest made at the scene.”
Update: A 24th precinct officer sent the following statement about the crash: “Witnesses and the driver of the vehicle state the the bicyclist did disregard a steady red light when he struck the vehicle. Bicyclist was not able to give a statement at the time of collision. Bicylist was removed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”
Some locals have called for more changes to the area in the mid-90’s on Riverside and West End given the volume and speed of traffic coming off the highway.
Clarification: Our initial headline said the cyclist was hit, but NYPD says that the cyclist hit the SUV.