The cyclist killed in a crash on Classon Avenue in Brooklyn earlier this month was riding with traffic, contrary to an initial NYPD report. Witness Rebecca Ballantine told Streetsblog that she was riding behind Lauren Davis on Classon Avenue at around 8:30 a.m. on April 15th when a driver struck Davis.

The blog reported:

Ballantine said her impression of the lead-up to the collision is not completely clear, but she saw the moment of impact. “I thought [Davis] was going [straight] on Classon as the driver made the turn,” she said, describing a “left-hook” scenario in which the driver failed to yield. (NYPD told reporters that the driver turned left from Classon onto Lexington.)

One thing Ballantine is certain of is that Davis, contrary to NYPD’s account, was not riding the wrong way. “I am absolutely sure she was not biking against traffic,” she said. “I was very aware of her.”

The driver, a 41-year-old, got out of her red Fiat and, according to Ballantine, screamed, "She ran a light!" Ballantine said that Davis did not run a light. (Davis, at this point, "wasn’t talking coherently," according to Ballantine. "She was trying to get up but she couldn’t.") Shortly thereafter, Ballantine said, a black car pulled up and men who she assumed were police got out with walkie-talkies, and she continued on her way to work.

The day of the crash, the NYPD told reporters that Davis was riding against traffic when the driver hit her, and the driver was not ticketed or charged. A department representative said this morning that investigators have amended their report to indicate that Davis was riding with traffic, and that they are in conversation with the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office about possible charges.

On Sunday, activists, friends, and loved ones held a memorial bike ride for Davis and James Gregg, a cyclist killed on April 20th in Park Slope when he was run over by a semi-truck driver. The day of that crash, police at the scene told bystanders Gregg may have been holding onto the truck, and the next day, a spokesperson said that Gregg "collided into rear tire of the tractor trailer," or that the truck, while passing Gregg, "created something like a wind force that sucked the bicycle toward the back of the truck." Initial reports made no mention of the fact that the truck driver was driving on a residential street that is not a designated truck route.

Police later wrote the truck driver five tickets, including one for driving outside a truck route.

Classon Avenue, where Davis was hit, is officially a bike route, but it lacks a bike lane.

Ahead of Sunday's ride, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams called for the police department to stop speculating about the causes of crashes until the investigation was through, given the agency's history of victim blaming.

"We should not assume that the cyclist was always the person responsible for a crash or had accepted the risk simply by climbing on a bicycle," he said in a statement. "There must be a blue wall of silence until the investigation has been completed and we know the facts."