Woman On CitiBike Killed In Truck Crash On Upper East Side: NYPD

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — A young woman riding a CitiBike down a quiet Upper East Side street was fatally struck by a truck Tuesday morning, according to police.

The 28-year-old woman was biking east — and against traffic — along East 85th Street between Madison and Park avenues about 10:50 am when she was hit by the tractor-trailer, according to police.

The woman severely suffered head trauma, an NYPD spokesperson said.

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Medics rushed the woman to Weill Cornell Medical Center but doctors could not save her life, police said.

The truck driver stayed at the scene, police said.

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Police had no description of the truck.

Video posted to the Citizen app showed what appeared to be a large food-distribution truck stopped in the middle of the street, which was cordoned off by police tape after the crash. The mostly-residential block is also home to Regis High School and Park Avenue Christian Church.

Commercial trucks are not allowed on many of New York City’s residential streets, and Google Maps images show a “Passenger Cars Only” sign affixed to the same block of East 85th Street as recently as August 2021.

Google Maps images show a “Passenger Cars Only” sign affixed to the same block of East 85th Street as recently as August 2021. (Google Maps)

Patch reached out to the Department of Transportation to ask whether a tractor-trailer would have been allowed on the street, and will update this story with any response.

New York also does not allow 53-foot-long tractor-trailers — the larger of the two standard trailer lengths — to make pickups or deliveries within the five boroughs, though some advocates is pointing out that the rule often violated.

The size of the truck involved in Tuesday’s crash was not clear.


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