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Bicyclist Struck in Hit and Run

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July 24, 2013 Staff Report

(Updated) A bicyclist was seriously injured when a vehicle slammed into him in Woodside this morning, police said.

The cyclist, who has not been identified, was riding near Broadway and Northern Boulevard when he was struck at about 2:00 a.m., according to police. The driver of the vehicle left the scene before the police arrived, cops said.

The victim was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

Authorities believe the driver was in a dark-colored car, possibly a livery cab.

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SuperWittySmitty

Rikki, it’s as if you are being deliberately obtuse, ignoring evidence, and simpoly playing devil’s advocate. A paralegal’s job is NOT to criticize but to think critically- there’s a difference. Ask a real lawyer to explain this and this will be less confusing.
If you want to become a defense lawyer and postulate alternate scenarios for your client, you’ll need to first pass the bar exam and demonstrate your proficiency. Until then, your job is to assist real lawyers and not to argue your own version of reality, especially ones that are apparently shared by no one else.

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rikki

You CAN walk and text while pushing a bike…heck do you know how many Mothers push their kids into oncoming traffic against the light, while on their phones in Sunnyside? all the time….Ive almost hit a few of them…stupid people….

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43rd & 43rd

There WERE witnesses. Reread the article. You say you want to get the details right, but you are so clueless that you thought Hossain was walking and texting. Pretty clear that accuracy is not your goal.

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rikki

43rd I’m not involved with this case, but as a paralegal its my job to be critical of everything.

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rikki

43rd that’s my job to dispute it and make absolutely sure Hossain had the green light and the driver did run the red light….hopefully there are cameras at that intersection…and witnesses…

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43rd & 43rd

Hossain was biking through an intersection on a green light. The driver drove through the intersection on a red light. The driver, who was totally at fault, hit Hossain’s side with the front of his car.

None of these facts are being disputed by anyone but you.

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rikki

43rd…..because you have to get at the exact truth, as a paralegal, each minute detail is important.

What was Hossain doing at the exact second of impact, and the 30 seconds before?

He could have been careless and walked in front of the car……BUT THEN the driver was at fault for not stopping…..see the difference?

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43rd & 43rd

No, this is crazy, at this point you’re just making things up. The fault is that of the driver who ran a red and T-boned the guy crossing the street, the driver who then floored it around a corner to throw a screaming person off his roof, the driver who then ditched the car and ran away.

I have no idea why you want to make things up to blame Hossain — don’t you think he has enough issues right now?

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rikki

Still the bicyclist wasn’t watching out very well was he….didn’t notice a speeding car? was he texting too?….looks like both are at fault…a

The driver ran the red and drove straight into Hossain –

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43rd & 43rd

Rikkki, yes we do if you read the linked article . . .

“The driver got away and remained at large Wednesday night. He was heading down Northern Blvd. in Woodside about 1:50 a.m. when he tried to beat a red light at 54th St. as Hossain, 18, crossed on his bicycle, police sources and the witness said.”

The driver ran the red and drove straight into Hossain, who was crossing. That is why the car has damage to its front (look at the picture), and that is why the impact was so severe. If the bike ran into the car, then it would have had much less momentum and it wouldn’t have turned out this way.

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EA

43rd-thank you for your kind words. I will be released from my bedroom tomorrow morning. I hope to get back on the bike one day. Although it will never be the same.

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rikkkki

well OK maybe this once you might be right…….but we still dont know who ran the red light first…

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Myke Blumberg

Well said EA. Cellphone users are arrogant so much so that when they walk into you, they act like you should be watching for them. Their little meaningless lives where they need to keep in touch with anyone are so much more important.

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43rd & 43rd

Because the facts of this case are that the car slammed into the bicycle. Rikkkki, if you’re worried about getting blamed, I would suggest using your headlights so you can see things in your path. Also, when the human you just hit is clawing at your car’s roof and screaming “No, stop,” consider stopping instead of flooring it around a corner, throwing the person off, and ditching the car a couple blocks away. That probably has something to do with our blame of this driver.

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rikkkki

AGAIN WHY WASN’T IT THE BICYCLIST THAT SLAMMED INTO THE CAR?

Dark person on a dark bike looks like NO reflectors, probably wearing a dark hoodie….AND IM SUPPOSED TO FREAKIN SEE YOU?

enough of blaming the car driver all the time…

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43rd & 43rd

EA, I am very sorry for your injuries. I know your convalescence will be long and painful, but I hope that one day you will be restored to full health. Perhaps in time you may even be able to bike again, although I understand if you no longer feel safe on the roads after such a terrible accident caused by a pedestrian.

More seriously — I do think bikes should be registered and licensed. Have the fee be something totally nominal, like $10. Give the biker a basic “rules of the road” manual, which he will be responsible for knowing, and bike plates, which will be required, for a basic identification system. There are plenty of bikers who are safe, but it would be great to get the rest off the road.

Even that system obviously isn’t foolproof, as we see here — this driver probably had a driver’s license and plates, and it didn’t stop him from being a homicidal idiot. Crazy and sad. Seriously, best wishes to Emron. Biking home from work shouldn’t mean risking your life like this.

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EA

Today-and I am not kidding you- I was on my bike on a red light waiting for about 15sec. for the traffic to pass on Green Point and a lady, texting on her phone walks in to me… Anyone that has a phone should have a licensed to use it and be taxed. I see these cellphone users not looking where they are going and disobeying the law by crossing the street on a red light. They are irresponsible!

But back to the more important and horrifying story. Hossain, I wish you a speedy recovery and justice.

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Myke Blumberg

The problem with a good percentage of bicyclists is their arrogance being that they are on a machine travelling at a high speed. They think it’s all about them. No regard for rules or other people. “just get out of my way I’m coming through so you better move.”

It only takes a few, but unfortunately there are a lot with this attitude.

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SunnysidePostHatesMe14

SuperWity, Do you think CitiBike has made things better? Pedestrians are on constant look out to not get hit by people who are riding things that require NO license for. You tell me how I’m drooling barbs of stupidity by stating that Bicycles have no place in a busy city like New York. For every 1 biker who follows the law there’s 9 who run red lights, cause accidents by cutting in and out of traffic or ride their bike on the side walk.

I challenge bikers to hit me. I literally walk slowly looking them dead in the face hoping they hit me. I would love it. I would love to see them fly off and grind their stupid face on hot pavement and then I would laugh as I sue them.

The bottom line is that bikers who ride in the streets of New York City should have license plates, they should be held responsible for their vehicle. They should be made to pay fines when they break laws. The city would get a great source of revenue charging BIKERS who want to bike in the city. To make it fair, people who bike in the park won’t need a license but if you’re in the street and found in the street with no license you should be fined.

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SuperWitySmitty

It’s pointless to try and have a conversation with people about a reason activity like riding a bicycle in Sunnyside. A list of facts staring some people in the face and they will spew out the same pathetic mistruths. People only want cars, trucks, and taxis; the village idiot Rubin drooling out barbs of stupidity, people who insist that every bike is as dangerous as a bat out of hell; talk about being stuck in the past!

Meanwhile, packs of motorcycle rumble through our neighborhood, no one seems to mind. Car alarms go off, grease, oil, & broken glass on the streets, not to mention CO in our air. Petroleum reserves are being depleted- but let’s pretend we’ll never run out.

really depressing to live with so many narrow-minded people. But the spinning wheel keeps turning, and the neighborhood is getting better. CitiBike was here last week, if you didn’t notice. Eliminate parking on QB and install a bicycle lane on both sides…you’ll see!

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SuperWitySmitty

KeepDrinking- many bike riders are new and need to be taught how to ride a bike on city streets, I agree. Many of the biggest offenders are delivery guys working for local restaurants. Don’t lump all bike riders together.

Many of us ARE safe & law abiding bike riders! I have a problem with drivers who drive recklessly and kill people, something very few bike riders ever do. Go ahead and assume the bike rider is at fault here- you sound as if you are already aggravated at the poor guy because MAYBE he was at fault. Because you saw a bike rider do something wrong, you will assume we are all at fault. Great.

Just know this- if I see you, I will slow down and give you the right of way. I’ll stop for stop signs & red lights, and I won’t ride the wrong way on one-way streets. Even though I know, if I get hit (again) and wind up back in the hospital, people like you will automatically blame me. Thanks.

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ann

It’s a healthy and great way to get around. It’s also fabulous because you don’t have to obey any traffic or safety rules. Go any which way, wrong way, through red lights. And you get to be superior that this is environmentally friendly. Not.

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Paul

I wish Webley got hit by a car. He/she is probably one of those obese Americans driving around and bitching about everything. Lets protect the unhealthy cause they pay to be lazy bastards and destroy our environment, this article is about someone who got injured. It’s NYC, it’s a healthy and great way to get around. It’s a city that never sleeps, so 2am doesn’t mean a thing. What is the concern is the hit and run and that’s what this article is about. I hope they find this asshole…

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Webley

Jor, Race? Color? Sure, we just say a “Homosapien” was driving the car.. as opposted to a Zebra or palm tree…Are you kidding me? It’s not like they are ever saying “a nigger was driving the car”.. I don’t understand, how else would you describe a suspect, he left the scene, you can call him “a suspect, described as an a-hole low life [email protected] with two arms, two eyes, may or may not hair because we don’t want to discriminate against the bald, was driving and involved in a hit an run? You must be a lawyer or studying to be one.

Yeah, 2AM and Bikes do not go well together.

Craic Dealer, I don’t want bikes on my sidewalk and I don’t want to put MYSELF or anyone else in danger by parking any closer to traffic and being forced to exit right in front of vehicles, as opposed to Biking which is not regulated, not taxed, not licensed in any way. People who park opposite site of the bike lanes are already in danger when there are two cars driving and they squeeze next to each other to avoid getting into a wide bike lane… If the road is not wide enough, there should NOT be a bike lane. There should NOT be a bike lane at all, unless it is an exclusive BIKE ROAD. I wouldn’t mind if they actually narrowed some of the super wide sidewalks and built an actual bike road with guards but not before they tax and regulate and license bike riders… unless, they are getting a free ride on my tax money.

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JOR

Please do not use any of the following information in describing the driver of the vehicle:”race, national origin, color, creed, age, alienage or citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or housing status” If someone thinks a police officer uses an actual or perceived belief that a police officer used any of those factors as the determinative factor in initiating law enforcement action against an individual, that person can sue the Police Department and the Police Officer, possibly get money, and get money for the lawyer and advisers, oops, I mean experts who assisted with the lawsuit.

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Cynthia

Regardless of what the cyclist was or wasn’t doing, the driver should not have left the scene.

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KeepDrinkingHerCoolAid

You know this is really a terrible thing that happened. However, I have a major problem with bicyclists that think they can not abide by traffic laws. Yesterday I’m crossing the street in NYC and I’m looking in the direction of the cars and a freakin byclist is going AGAINST traffic. Or another incident is when this lady was crossing the street and the light was red, a bicyclist blew the red light and almost ran over this poor older woman. How do we know this byclist wasn’t doing exactly what I just complained about?

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