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Bicyclist Death Marks Fourth Traffic Fatality In NYC This Week

December 14, 2018 - 5:47 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Advocates are calling for safer streets in New York City after another bicyclist was killed in East New York Friday morning.

The victim, 21-year-old Din Rajon, was in a bike lane traveling eastbound on Pitkin Avenue at around 1 a.m. when he was struck by a box truck.

Police say he was dragged several feet before the truck drove off and authorities believe the driver may not have known he hit somebody.

Rajon, a deliveryman, was on his way home from work at the time of the incident. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It marked the fourth time this week that a pedestrian or bicyclist was killed on New York City streets.

“It shows that our streets are still far too dangerous for everyday New Yorkers just going about their days,” said Marco Conner of transportation Alternatives.

He said the incident is sad and proved things have to change.

He suggests the city implement a number of changes: “Pedestrian islands, imposing turning restrictions for drivers, protected bike lanes which make the streets safer not just for people biking but for people walking and for motorists.”

Currently, the city’s Vision Zero Policy is being worked on, and officials said they are aiming for zero deaths in the future.