A 29-year-old cyclist is clinging to life after being struck by the driver of a bus on Roosevelt Island. Shortly after 9 p.m last Wednesday evening, Anna Maria Mostrom was biking north on Main Street when the bus driver, heading south on Main, attempted to make a left turn onto the road leading to the Roosevelt Island Bridge, and struck Mostrom with the driver's side bumper.
Mostrom, a model who is originally from Sweden, was transported to Cornell Hospital in critical condition. The bus driver, a 51-year-old man, remained at the scene. Mostrom was not wearing a helmet.
Here's what the RIOC bus looks like. Many residents have complained about it being too big for narrow island roads. pic.twitter.com/I1Pj35k0CR
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"The damage was so severe that she is brain dead," Mostrom's father told Aftonbladet, a Swedish news outlet. Mostrom, who has lived in New York for the past two years, appeared on Sweden's "Top Model" TV show in 2005.
An NYPD spokesperson said the bus driver was not arrested, and that the investigation is ongoing.
Last night, a collision occurred near the turnaround by Gristedes between a bicyclist and one of our Red Buses. The accident is currently being investigated by NYPD and we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure that all proper procedures are followed.
Please be advised that we have been actively working to ensure that our streets are safe for cyclists and motorists. Recently, members of RIOC's Transportation and Community Relations departments met with cycling nonprofit Bike New York to discuss road-sharing and safety education classes, both for Red Bus drivers and for cyclists in our community. Our goal is to promote a safe and progressive approach to traffic on Roosevelt Island and to maintain the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. It is important that cyclists exercise safety at all times by wearing a helmet. Drivers and cyclists are encouraged to always be aware of their surroundings at all times and to use extra caution in high-traffic areas.
We will continue to investigate this incident and will respond to the situation appropriately.
Queens County Manhattan District Attorney, Cy Vance Jr., has jurisdiction on Roosevelt Island.