68-year-old woman critical after being struck by hit-and-run bicyclist in Chinatown

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
68-year-old woman in critical condition after struck by bicyclist
A 68-year-old woman is in critical condition after being struck by a hit-and-run bicyclist in Chinatown Tuesday evening. Sonia Rincon has the details.

CHINATOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- A 68-year-old woman is in critical condition after a bicyclist struck the victim in Chinatown Tuesday evening, and then rode away.

Surveillance video shows a man on a bicycle heading north on Chrystie Street hit a woman who was crossing the intersection at Grand Street.

It's a two-way bike lane with traffic signals for everyone, and it's not clear from the video who had the green light at the moment of impact, but what the video does show is what the cyclist did next.

He can be seen trying to pick up the injured woman and propping her against a plastic divider. He then walks over to an NYPD car and says something to the officers.

The officers then walk over to the injured woman, but then the cyclist gets back on his bike and rides away.

"I see the ambulance come and take the victim into the ambulance. She was unconscious," witness Kwok Leung said.

Medics took the victim to a local hospital, where she is in critical condition.

The NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad which investigates fatal and serious crashes, shut down the intersection to examine the scene and collect evidence.

NYPD's cameras at the intersection should be able to determine who had the right of way before the crash.

It's not clear what the cyclist said to the officers, whether he told them what really happened or if they got his name, but now detectives would like to speak to him.

No arrests have been made. Investigators have not released further information about the suspect or the victim at this time.

Despite more signals and designated lanes, the last few years have seen a steady rise in collisions with bikes injuring pedestrians and cyclists.

It's actually been increasingly deadly for cyclists, with seven killed in collisions on city streets so far this year.

"They (bicycles) come very speedy. Very speedy," Leung said. "They don't look concerned about the people who walk across the street. That's a problem. Too many bicycles."

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