A 22-year-old cyclist died a week after he suffered injuries in a crash in East New York, Brooklyn, according to the NYPD.
Juan Tiu-Caxaj was cycling northbound on Autumn Avenue near Fulton Street less than a block away from where he lived about 1 a.m. on Saturday, November 7th, the police department said in a news release.
A driver headed westbound on Fulton Street struck Tiu-Caxaj, who sustained head injuries and was taken to Jamaica Medical Center in stable condition, the police department said.
But a week later, on Saturday, he died of his injuries.
The driver stayed at the scene of the crash that night and has not been charged. The police department says Tiu-Caxaj biked through a stop sign just before he was hit, but the NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for more details about the fatal collision.
An investigation by the NYPD's Highway Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing.
Also over the weekend, Sonia Sotomayor, a 58-year-old Bronx woman, was struck and killed while trying to cross the street at East 180th Street and Southern Boulevard about 7 p.m. Saturday.
The driver stayed at the scene, and nobody has been arrested. The NYPD's collision squad is investigating that crash too.
Tiu-Caxaj and Sotomayor are among about 200 traffic fatalities so far in 2020, which advocates say put NYC on track for the second straight year of increased road fatalities.
As of November 12th, 83 pedestrians, 21 cyclists, 45 motorcyclists, and 59 vehicle occupants have died on city streets—the highest total traffic deaths since 2014 through that date, the Department of Transportation latest statistics show.
Last week, a 35-year-old delivery worker was struck and killed while on an e-scooter in Queens, at an intersection where safe street activists have called for true protective barriers for the bike lanes. Currently, the bike lanes are "protected" with flexi-posts that do not keep vehicles out of NYC's green-painted bike lanes, intended to be protected.
On Sunday, Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives are holding a virtual rally to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to "DO SOMETHING" about the hundreds of traffic deaths since he took office. The groups say nearly 1,000 pedestrians, cyclists, e-bike, and e-scooter riders have died in NYC since de Blasio took office in 2014.
In efforts to make streets safer, the city has lowered speed limits and made some city streets pedestrian-only, but the latter program has been criticized as falling short of what NYC needs. We've reached out to City Hall for comment.
UPDATE, November 16th, 11:08 a.m.: Transportation Alternatives's executive director Danny Harris said in a statement the two traffic deaths were preventable.
"Both deadly crashes occurred in parts of the city neglected during Mayor de Blasio's tenure and Vision Zero program," Harris said in a statement. "While the location in East New York is a Vision Zero Priority Area, the area lacks the type of protected bike lane infrastructure that has been proven to save lives elsewhere in the city."
Harris added that the de Blasio administration has cut funds for Vision Zero and a massive bike lane rollout called the Green Wave Plan, as well as delayed the Dangerous Vehicle Abatement Program and the Streets Master Plan during the COVID-19 crisis.
"Instead of doing more to save lives, Mayor de Blasio is doing less," Harris said.