Cyclist, 30, fatally struck by truck in Brooklyn, city's 18th cycling fatality of 2019

Sonia Rincon
July 29, 2019 - 12:14 pm

Sonia Rincon


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A 30-year-old cyclist was struck and killed by a truck in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn Monday morning, police said. 

The cyclist -- identified as Em Samolewicz -- was knocked to the ground by the door of a parked delivery van as it opened. Then, a truck ran her over. The incident took place around 9 a.m. near the intersection of 35th Street and 3rd Avenue.

The victim was transported to New York University Langone Hospital – Brooklyn, where she was pronounced dead.

The van's driver, a 46-year-old man, told 1010 WINS' Sonia Rincón he is "very sad, very, very sad" and that he does his best to look out for cyclists. He added that he too is a cyclist, and has been knocked over himself by a door opening. He stayed at the scene.

No charges have been filed, and police said no criminality was involved. 

State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz told Rincón, "It is imperative, and I call on the mayor and the commissioner of the DOT to make sure that they move to do a quick assessment on how we will be able to create some cyclist lanes on 3rd Avenue to protect our cyclists."

The victim was rushed to NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn and pronounced dead on arrival.

The fatal crash comes just days after Mayor de Blasio announced an aggressive $58.4 million bike safety plan that encourages cyclists to take to the streets, while improving the city's bicycle infrastructure. 

The victim becomes the 18th biking fatality of 2019 in New York City.

This year, 13 of the 18 cycling fatalities happened in Brooklyn.

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