Cyclist Seriously Injured on Queensboro Bridge Bike Approach [Updated]

Nothing to investigate here, says NYPD.

A cyclist was seriously hurt in a Thursday morning crash when he was struck by a motorist, on or near the bike path that leads to the Queensboro Bridge.

The crash happened near Queens Plaza South and 29th Street at approximately 7:28 a.m. The victim, a 31-year-old male, suffered head trauma and was taken to Cornell Hospital in serious condition, according to an FDNY spokesperson.

A photo from the scene, sent in by a reader, shows a Ford Taurus on the bike path, with a smashed windshield and damage to the roof, and the bike on the median a few feet off the path. Judging from the lack of a front license plate, it appears the car is not registered in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.

A spokesperson at NYPD told us that, since the victim is not known to be dead and the driver remained at the scene, “We wouldn’t have any paperwork, because there’s no criminality.” Assuming the victim survives, or even if he does not, this crash is likely one of thousands to go uninvestigated or under-investigated by NYPD.

If you have any information on this crash, let us know.

This crash occurred in the 108th Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Captain Donald T. Powers, the commanding officer, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The 108th Precinct council meetings happen at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th St., 1st Floor. Call the precinct at 718-784-5420 for information.

The City Council district where this crash occurred is represented by Jimmy Van Bramer. To encourage Van Bramer to take action to improve street safety in his district and citywide, contact him at 212-788-7370, at jvanbramer@council.nyc.gov or @JimmyVanBramer.

Update from a reader, sent to us on August 13: “I was at the scene before this picture was taken and a few minutes after the crash occurred. At that time the car was on the roadway as was the bike and cyclist. I am fairly certain this cyclist was hit on the roadway not the bike path.”