Woman on Citi Bike Struck & Killed By Tractor Trailer on the UES: NYPD

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

A 28-year-old woman is dead after she was hit by a tractor trailer while riding a Citi Bike on a narrow Upper East Side street Tuesday morning, police confirm to Upper East Site.

Tractor trailer struck and killed a 28-year-old woman riding a Citi Bike | Upper East Site
Tractor trailer struck and killed a 28-year-old woman riding a Citi Bike | Upper East Site

The young woman, who police have not yet publicly identified, was riding the electric-powered Citi Bike eastbound, against traffic, just before 10:50 am on East 85th Street between Madison and Park Avenues when she was struck by the hulking tractor trailer, which belongs to a food service company. 

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Detectives and investigators with the NYPD Highway Patrol’s Collision Investigation Squad remained on the scene hours after deadly crash, taking measurements and examining the mangled Citi Bike, which was moved out of the street and was leaning against a fence.

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

The electric-powered Citi Bike’s plastic fenders were smashed, its seat broken off and the wheels, twisted and wobbly, the metal deformed by the crushing weight of the truck.

Detectives were still on scene collecting evidence hours after the collision | Upper East Site
Detectives were still on scene collecting evidence hours after the collision | Upper East Site

Paramedics rushed the 28-year-old cyclist to Weill Cornell Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

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Police tell Upper East Site the driver of the truck stayed at the scene and their investigation is ongoing. 

Tractor trailer struck and killed a 28-year-old woman riding a Citi Bike | Upper East Site
Tractor trailer struck and killed a 28-year-old woman riding a Citi Bike | Upper East Site

A check of the truck’s Minnesota license plate using ‘How’s My Driving NYC?,’ a website that allows the public to view traffic ticket data issued in the five boroughs, reveals a whopping 454 violations since 2019— however, none are moving violations.

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

Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to a traffic sign reading ‘Passenger Cars Only’ at the southwest corner of East 85th Street and Park Avenue. The Department of Transportation has clarified that the sign is for vehicles on Park Avenue, not East 85th Street.

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