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Cyclist Killed in Brooklyn, Truck Driver Arrested

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Lilly Lentz1 year ago

According to Daily News New York, a truck driver has been arrested as a result of striking and killing a cyclist.

Daily News and the Fatal Crash

While commuting to work on her bicycle, accomplished artist Leah Sylvian was killed on Tuesday at 6:45 am in Brooklyn, New York. She was hit by a truck, according to officials. She was headed north in a bike lane and was struck by the center of the truck. She ended up under the rear wheel.

The driver of the truck, Joseph Cherry, age 52, was arrested at the scene and charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. Cherry was charged because Sylvain had the right of way when he turned in front of her.

According to witnesses, Sylvain was not wearing a helmet, and was taken to Woodhull Hospital with head trauma, where she died. Edwin Zapata, a construction worker, has stated that he saw paramedics putting Sylvain on a gurney and into an ambulance.

Sylvain worked at Scenic Corp. in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a theater set painter. Sylvain helped found the Mill Pond Church in Newington, New York. People close to her have released statements describing her as an awesome person.

Pedestrian Crash Statistics

According to Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center:

  • In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles 
  • More than 12 people are killed in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes every day of the year.
  • Though the number of pedestrian fatalities fell from 4,901 in 2001 to 4,884 in 2014, there were 65,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2014; nearly one injury every 8 minutes
  • Only a fraction of pedestrian crashes that cause injury are ever recorded by the police.
  • In 2014, 726 people lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes, just under two people every day of the year in the U.S.
  • The number of estimated bicyclist injuries climbed to 50,000 in 2014, up from 48,000 in 2013.
  • 47 is the average age of pedestrians killed in 2014, and 37 is the average age of those injured in 2014.


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