A cyclist was run over by a cement truck in East Williamsburg this afternoon, crushing her legs and destroying her bike, according to witnesses.
The incident occurred at the intersection of Graham Avenue and Grand Street just before 3 p.m., according to an FDNY spokesperson. Brent Cole, who was standing nearby on Powers Street at the time, tells us he heard a female voice screaming hysterically, and, upon approaching the scene, saw a woman who looked to be in her 20s crumpled near the truck. Cole said she was conscious and attempting to pull herself upright, but her legs were unmoving, and her bicycle was "pretty crunched."
Based on the position of the truck, Cole said, it appears that the driver had been making a right-hand turn from Graham Avenue onto the southbound lane of Grand Street, and that it looked as though the truck had passed over her completely before the driver stopped.
The driver remained on the scene, and was on his phone near the truck when Cole snapped the above photo. An ambulance arrived shortly thereafter, and according to the FDNY, the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with unknown injuries.
Additionally, a female pedestrian was struck by a car just one block away at Graham and Scholes Street around just before 1 p.m., the FDNY spokesperson added. She was taken to Woodhull Hospital in unknown condition.
Yesterday, a 60-year-old female pedestrian was crossing Graham Avenue west at Moore Street shortly before 2 p.m., when she was struck by the driver of a 2010 Range Rover traveling south on Graham.
The woman suffered severe trauma to her body and was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition. The driver, a 24-year-old woman, remained at the scene. A police spokesman said it was not clear whether the victim or the driver had the right of way, and added that the investigation is ongoing.