Majority Leader Van Bramer Calls on Department of Transportation to Act After Two Cyclist Crashes


On Thursday, April 13, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Flor Jimenez, 29, widow of Gelacio Reyes, a cyclist killed on April 1st by a drunk motorist who fled the scene after the crash, Transportation Alternatives, Make Queens Safer, senior citizens from Sunnyside Community Services, and Community Board 2 called on the Department of Transportation to take immediate action to implement vital street safety improvements to the intersection of 39th Street and 43rd Avenue after two crashes involving cyclists occurred within a 10-day period in the same intersection.

"Two cyclists killed or seriously injured in 10 days in the same intersection is not where we need to be when it comes to realizing Vision Zero,” said Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “I am calling on the Department of Transportation to make immediate and vital safety improvements to this dangerous intersection before another cyclist, pedestrian, or motorist is killed.”

On April 1st, Gelacio Reyes was killed in a hit-and-run crash on his way home from work at 3 a.m. by a drunk and unlicensed driver. Only ten days later, at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning, April 11th, David Nuñez was struck by a box truck in the same intersection and is still hospitalized with serious injuries. The driver of the box truck, who remained at the scene, was arrested by NYPD and charged with failure to yield to a cyclist.  Majority Leader Van Bramer and transportation safety advocates are calling for protected bike lanes with physical barriers, a leading pedestrian interval, proper enforcement of motorists that speed and run red lights, and more visible signage that alerts drivers to cyclists along 43rd Avenue.