Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with Box Truck off Queens Blvd in Woodside, NY
New York, NY — August 10, 2022, a 42-year-old motorcyclist died in a collision with a box truck in near Queens Boulevard in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens.
Reports say the incident happened around 6:00 a.m. on the Queens Blvd service road near 58th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a motorcycle west on the service road when for unknown reasons the bike made contact with the side of a moving truck.
The rider was ejected from the bike and fell underneath the truck, which then ran him over. He was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Woodside Motorcycle Accident off Queens Blvd
Motorcyclists often get short-changed by public opinion when they crash. It's not that they can't make mistakes, but they tend to get blamed for wrecks because folks associate motorcycles with reckless behavior. Maybe they saw bikers zooming between cars in highway traffic or maybe they've just read too many articles about daredevil riders, but either way a lot of people harbor some pretty nasty biases about motorcyclists and how they behave on the road. That can cause some serious problems for injured riders and their families if they seek answers and help after a crash like the one in Woodside.
The news only says the motorcycle crashed into the truck while traveling down the road, but it doesn't say how. I'm sure police are trying to figure that out right now, but as they work to connect the dots it's important not to jump to any conclusions. To be sure the full story is learned police should also look into other potential factors like road conditions, malfunctions in the bike, whether the truck driver was aware of the motorcycle, whether the truck suddenly stopped or changed lanes ahead of the bike, and other possible issues. None of that is meant to complicate things or point fingers; it's just important to learn the whole truth and ensure nobody is unfairly blamed.
The real takeaway here is that most wrecks aren't as cut-and-dried as a few sentences in the news might make them sound. The best way to be sure the victim's family gets answers is to be careful and thorough while investigating. Will law enforcement handle the crash with the care it deserves?