Last Wednesday, cyclist Kelly Hurley was hit by the driver of a box truck who was making a left turn at 1st Avenue and 9th Street. Witnesses said that she was pinned under the truck, a tire on her ribs, while she said "I can't move. I can't breathe." Two days ago, Hurley, 31, was taken off life support and died. The driver has not been charged, but in the wake of the crash, cyclists and safe-streets advocates have criticized the NYPD for apparently cracking down on cyclists, not motorists, in the area where Hurley was killed.

Streetsblog pointed out a series of tweets from Doug Gordon (a.k.a. Brooklyn Spoke) yesterday, in which photographed police ticketing cyclists at 1st Avenue and 10th Street, just one block north of where Hurley was struck by box truck driver. (Streetsblog also points out that Hurley "would have had a green when the truck driver ran her over, since the intersection design requires cyclists and turning drivers to negotiate the same space at the same time.")

This was not the first time this week that the NYPD was seen ticketing cyclists on a street where a cyclist was killed by a driver. After a drunk driver killed delivery man Gelasio Reyes at the age of 32 in a hit-and-run, police came out to punish people on bikes (and as the Village Voice noted, never even charged the driver of the car with anything related to Gelasio's death):

Not that this is anything incredibly new. Police were ticketing cyclists after a hit-and-run driver killed a pedestrian in the Lower East Side earlier this year. Last year, after Matthew von Ohlen was deliberately struck and killed by the driver of a car in Williamsburg while he rode in the bike lane on Grand Street, police from the 90th Precinct responded by pulling cyclists over and giving them safety pamphlets. Months before that, the NYPD tried to explain away a cyclist who was killed by the driver of a tractor trailer as having been sucked under the truck by "wind force," as if that's something that happens regularly when a truck isn't speeding.

"The NYPD is making a mockery of the data driven principles that undergird Vision Zero. Data show the majority of bikers and walkers are killed not by their own mistakes, but by speeding, unyielding and lawless motorists. Of the 18 cyclist fatalities in 2016 for which details of the crash are known, 13 were caused directly by the criminal or reckless actions of a driver -- including failure to yield, driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, speeding, and ignoring red lights. As the DOT upgrades design to account for widespread lawless driving, the NYPD must redirect enforcement towards the real killers on our streets," Transporation Alternatives' Caroline Samponaro wrote in a statement to Gothamist.

It's unclear if the de Blasio administration, which continues to push for street safety improvements citywide as part of its Vision Zero campaign, is aware of what appears to be an NYPD pattern of turning cyclist deaths into cyclist summons opportunities. The mayor's press office did not respond to a request for a comment on the matter.

The NYPD responded to our inquiry by sending Gothamist stats that show between January 1st and April 9th this year, cyclists in the 9th Precinct were given 228 non-criminal summonses, while drivers were given 2,074.