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.
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.
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.
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.
Paramedics rushed the 28-year-old cyclist to Weill Cornell Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
Police tell Upper East Site the driver of the truck stayed at the scene and their investigation is ongoing.
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.