Man Killed in Scooter, Truck Accident on Central Avenue in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY -- June 16, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a scooter and a truck collided along Central Avenue.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 11:45 a.m. along Central Avenue near Palmetto Street.
According to officials, a 49-year-old man was on an electric scooter riding along the southbound bike lane of Central Avenue. In a series of events unclear, the scooter collided with a box truck, then fell into the road where the truck ran over the rider.
The unidentified scooter rider died as a result of the collision. Right now, additional details about the accident are unavailable.
Commentary on Scooter, Truck Accident on Central Avenue in Brooklyn
It's not entirely clear what happened here, but the truck reportedly making a left turn across the bike lane--which appears to be along the left side of one-way traffic--is incredibly concerning. Did this truck driver simply fail to look in the bike lane before turning? All sorts of blogs are dedicated to the danger that bikers in NYC face on a daily basis. It would appear that danger might extend to anyone that isn't in a large enough vehicle for some truck drivers to really be on the lookout for.
But things aren't always so black-and-white. This could be a simple case of some reckless, inattentive driver. However, it could also be the result of more serious, complex issues. Take for example a situation I handled a while back in which a reckless truck driver caused a serious crash. Something we look into that police don't always consider is the history of a driver and whether or not they've been trained properly or have a record of causing accidents. What we found for that particular driver was rather shocking.
It turned out that truck driver barely had any experience or training at all. His employer essentially hired the first person that walked through the door, rushed them through hours and miles of training in about 30 minutes, then put them on the road. All they cared about was getting product moving. They didn't give a damn about the safety of their own employees, let along the general public.
Just to be clear, I'm not trying to speculate about what led to this crash. I simply wish to illustrate how complex it can be to get a victim's loved ones the answers they deserve. Whether this was the result of a lone, negligent driver, the inevitable result of a dangerous working environment, or some highly unusual event that even the truck driver couldn't have avoided, getting the facts means ensuring no stone goes unturned. Will the police really handle all of that, or will this be yet another incident better off in the hands of independent professionals?