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Bicyclist critically injured in Staten Island tow truck crash


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A bicyclist was left clinging to life Tuesday after colliding with a tow truck in Staten Island, officials said.

 

The 17-year-old bicyclist and the L&S Towing truck crashed into each other on Castleton Ave. and Clove Road in Port Richmond about 12:30 p.m., witnesses told police. The cyclist was launched through the air by the impact.

 

The teen was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center in critical condition.

 

The tow truck driver remained at the scene. No arrests or summonses were immediately filed.

 

“The tow truck driver, his light was green so he started driving," a friend of the driver who showed up at the scene after the crash told the Daily News. "The bicyclist crossed the red light. The (MTA) bus was there too so they (cops) checked the bus camera. It looks like the bicyclist hit the rear tire.”

 

“He’s worried about the guy in the hospital,” the friend said of the driver. “It’s sad news."

 

The victim’s green bicycle remained at the scene as cops investigated, along with two bikes apparently belonging to pals he was biking with.

The incident comes as the number of bicyclists killed in the city so far this year had more than doubled compared to the same period last year.

As of Tuesday, 15 bicyclists had died on city streets compared to seven during the same period in 2018, officials said.

 

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