[Update below] A cyclist hit by a dump truck driver in East Williamsburg was hospitalized with critical injuries yesterday afternoon, and the driver was later arrested, according to a report from the scene.
Police say that at about 2:30 p.m., the driver of the truck and the cyclist, a 31-year-old man, were both proceeding north on Bushwick Avenue, when the dump truck driver made a right turn onto Grand Street and struck the cyclist.
A tipster who was at the scene following the collision said witnesses told him the cyclist was dragged under "all of the truck's wheels." A witness told DNAinfo that the cyclist's legs were "twisted" and that he was trying to make it to the curb following the crash.
The cyclist was taken to Elmhurst Hospital with trauma to both legs, a police spokesperson said, and the driver stayed on the scene. According to DNAinfo, the driver of the truck was arrested for driving with a suspended license. An NYPD spokesperson would not elaborate or confirm the driver was arrested, saying only that the investigation is still open.
[Update 3:52 p.m.] The driver of the dump truck has been identified as Charles Carpenter. Carpenter not only was arrested for driving with a suspended license, according to DNAinfo, but was also not supposed to be traveling on Bushwick Avenue.