A 31-year-old cyclist was critically injured this morning when she was struck by a box truck driver in the East Village.
The unidentified female victim was biking at the intersection of First Avenue near East 9th Street at around 7:20 a.m. when she was struck. She was pinned under the truck, according to witness accounts.
"They lady was saying, 'I can't move. I can't breathe.' She was on her back. Her eyes were blinking rapidly. Then she just closed them. Her leg was stuck under the wheel. The tire was over her ribs," witness Cheyenne Brown told DNAinfo.
EMS workers transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition.
This stretch of First Avenue features a bike path separated from uptown traffic by a floating column of parked cars. The photos above show the cyclist's bike in the westbound 9th Street bike lane.
An NYPD spokesman tells us that according to the preliminary investigation, the driver was turning left onto 9th Street when he struck the woman. He remained at the scene, and no charges have been filed yet, but if the initial report bears out, the driver could likely be charged with Failure to Yield under NYC's Right of Way law. The NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad is currently investigating.