Citi Bike Rider Hit & Killed by Truck Identified as Upper East Side Woman

Police identified 28-year-old Carling Mott as the woman struck by a tractor trailer Tuesday | Upper East Site, Instagram
Police identified 28-year-old Carling Mott as the woman struck by a tractor trailer Tuesday | Upper East Site, Instagram

Investigators have identified the Upper East Side woman who was hit and killed by a tractor trailer while riding a Citi Bike Tuesday morning, in what appears to be a tragic accident, as Carling Mott.

The 28-year-old Upper East Sider lived on East 84th Street and worked as a Post Production Manager for Nickelodeon. A friend tells Upper East Site she grew up on the Jersey shore.

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Mott’s social media accounts are filled with photos of the young blonde woman posing with friends and family, living life to the fullest— even running in the New York City Marathon.

Mott lived on the UES and was a Post Production Manager at Nickelodeon | via Instagram
Mott lived on the UES and was a Post Production Manager at Nickelodeon | via Instagram

Police say their investigation has uncovered new details piecing together exactly led up to the deadly collision. 

Investigators say the driver of the tractor trailer heading westbound on East 85th Street had stopped short for a red light on Madison Avenue, just before 10:50 am Tuesday morning.

Woman on Citi Bike struck and killed by tractor trailer on the UES | Upper East Site
Carling Mott was riding a Citi Bike when she was struck and killed by tractor trailer | Upper East Site

When the light turned green, police say the truck began to move. At the same time, police say Carling Mott— who was riding an electric-powered Citi Bike in the same direction as the truck— fell in the roadway and was hit by the tractor trailer.

Citi Bike smashed and twisted after being run over by tractor trailer | Upper East Site
Citi Bike smashed and twisted after being run over by tractor trailer | Upper East Site

It’s not clear what caused Mott to fall or whether she was wearing a helmet at the time.

East 85th Street is not one of New York City’s official designated truck routes, where tractor trailers are approved to travel through Manhattan.

Surveillance video from a building across the street obtained by Streetsblog NYC and shared with Upper East Site shows the truck approach the red light and stop, moments later, Mott can be seen riding the Citi Bike westbound on East 85th Street.

In the video, Mott is seen riding around a white car double parked on the north side of the street before cutting back to right side of roadway, going around a stopped taxi then along side the large trailer.

Next, we see the 28 year old as she passes the gap between the tractor and trailer– right after she passes the space and she is along side vehicle’s cab, the truck starts moving. Neither Mott, nor the Citi Bike is seen within frame again.

Photos taken by Upper East Site at the scene show a narrow space between the tractor trailer and the row of parked car far tighter any bike lane. A large bump can also be seen in the roadway where part of the street had been paved over.

A large paved bump in the roadway is seen in the narrow space where the cyclist was riding | Upper East Site
A large paved bump in the roadway is seen in the narrow space where the cyclist was riding | Upper East Site

The 28 year old was rushed to Weill Cornell Medical Center where she was pronounced dead from her injuries.

According to her social media accounts, Carling Mott was an avid runner and follower of the UES Run Club. 

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She even recently announced she would be running in the Chicago Marathon this October to benefit the American Cancer Society— living her mantra to ‘be better today than you were yesterday.’

Carling Mott, 28, was an avid runner and participated in the NYC Marathon | via Instagram
Carling Mott, 28, was an avid runner and participated in the NYC Marathon | via Instagram

The NYPD Highway Patrol’s Collision Investigation Squad spent hours at the scene of deadly crash Tuesday morning, taking measurements and examining the twisted metal electric-powered Citi Bike— its wheels bent and deformed, the seat snapped right off its post. 

Police tell Upper East Site their investigation is ongoing. 

Performance Foodservice, the company that operates the tractor trailer, did not respond to our request for comment.

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