A bicyclist traveling in a group hit a woman and child crossing Riverside Drive at 115th Street on Saturday around noon, according to police.
“On Saturday, June 2nd, at 12:12 pm, at West 115th and Riverside Drive, a 53-year-old male operating a bicycle struck two pedestrians, a 43-year-old female and a five-year-old male,” an NYPD spokeswoman said. The cyclist was going southbound on Riverside Drive with a group of other cyclists, the spokeswoman said.
“The signal changed and they proceeded through,” the spokesperson said. The spokeswoman could not clarify whether the cyclists or pedestrians had the light — the police report apparently didn’t make it clear. “While crossing the intersection, he made contact with the two individuals. They complained of pain and were taken to St. Luke’s.”
A witness who arrived just after the crash and asked not to be identified, said the woman and child were in the ambulance. He said that there were at least a dozen cyclists in the group and they waited by the ambulance after the crash.
He said that this area of Riverside is particularly dicey.
“I can tell you this stretch of Riverside Drive is incredibly dangerous for pedestrians — who are crossing with the light — especially on weekends. It is at the bottom of a slight incline, so cyclists going south pick up quite a bit of speed and almost always blow right through the intersection, whether or not they have the light. Crossing the street with my dog — with the light — I have nearly been hit on many occasions. I have lived in the area for over 20 years, and can count on one hand the number of times a cyclist has actually stopped at a red light.”