Nov. 12, 2019 By Allie Griffin
A minivan struck a cyclist who was biking inside the Greenpoint Avenue bike lane in Long Island City Monday night and then sped off through a red light.
The shocking hit and run was caught on another cyclist’s gopro and the video was posted to twitter.
Police confirmed that a 36-year-old male cyclist was stopped at a red light inside the bike lane on Greenpoint Avenue near Borden Avenue when he was rear-ended by a silver toyota sienna which fled the scene around 6 p.m.
In the video, the minivan is seen speeding down and then a loud crash followed by a man’s yells can be heard as the vehicle veers into the bike path. The minivan goes through the red light to flee the accident.
Last week's video highlighted the dangerous design of NYC bike lanes. Today a cyclist in a bike lane (yes, that's a bike lane) sandwiched between two driving lanes was rear-ended by a van. #VisionZero appropriately describes the street lighting. @StreetsblogNYC @TransAlt @NYC_DOT pic.twitter.com/L1XvWf7YY6
— Jessica (@Thund3r_H4wk) November 12, 2019
Two cyclists, including the one recording, then help the 36-year-old victim, who is lying on the street and yelling out in pain.
Police said the cyclist complained of injuries to his back, but did not have information on whether he was transported to a hospital.
The Twitter user who posted the video said police responded, reviewed the video and provided an email address to send it to.
The driver of the minivan hit several cars before striking the cyclist and then several more while fleeing the scene, she said.
Many on Twitter criticized the unprotected bike lane’s pathway wedged between lanes of traffic, making it dangerous for cyclists.