Witnesses to the cycling accident that killed Nicolas Djandji say that he was following his friend on a black racing bike when he was struck by the Toyota Highlander. "His friend was screaming," a witness tells the Daily News, "He didn't want to see his friend like that." It's still unclear whether Djandji was wearing a helmet or if he was riding in the bike lane on Rodney Street, and while no charges have been filed against the driver, the investigation is ongoing. According to Transportation Alternatives Djandji is the tenth cyclist this year to be killed in the city.

Djandji was an artist who was born in Alexandria, Egypt and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Transportation Alternatives' Director Paul Steely While says that the past decade has seen the number of cyclists double, and "injuries have decreased over that period…it's definitely getting safer." While local pols have demanded safety improvements for hazardous road conditions, such as the intersection of Essex and Delancey on the Lower East Side, they have been to improve safety for pedestrians, not cyclists.