The 71-year-old man who was hit by an electric bicycle rider on 78th Street and Amsterdam Avenue on Saturday, April 17th, has died, according to the NYPD.
Update: WSR was initially informed by the police that Hing Chung, the deceased, had “walked between two parked cars into the bike lane, when he was hit by the bicycle.” After posting the story, we received a comment from Donna Gray, who said, “I went to the restaurant today (Jing Fong, where Mr. Chung was the manager), to find out what happened, and I want to clear up an inaccuracy. It wasn’t that he walked between two parked cars while crossing the street. Cars on Amsterdam Avenue are parked in the middle of the street, past the bike lane. As Hing Chung was getting out of his own car, he stepped into the bike lane and was run over by the electric bicycle.”
That story was confirmed by Claudia Leo, marketing manager at Jing Fong, who said, “As we were not present, we can only rely on what was told to us by Mr. Chung’s assistant manager and long-time friend, who said, Mr. Chung came from a parked car, turned around, stepped into the bike lane, and was hit by an e-bike immediately.”
When police arrived around 1:30 p.m., they found Mr. Chung with trauma to his head and arm and an ambulance took him to Mt. Sinai Hospital. He was pronounced dead on Sunday, April 25.
“People responding to your original post blamed Hing Chung, who I learned yesterday went by the American name “Steven”, for walking between two parked cars to cross the street,” wrote Donna Gray. “I hope you’ll write something else so they don’t have the last word. Hing “Steven” Chung was a lovely man who made Jing Fong a very welcoming place. When I went to [get this information], I ordered take out too. Their food is really good.”