Jarrod Little Killed in Truck Accident on Pennsylvania Ave in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY — August 30, 2022, 43-year-old cyclist Jarrod Little died in a collision with a tractor-trailer in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn.
According to authorities the incident happened Tuesday afternoon along Pennsylvania Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Little was riding a bicycle on the roadway when he was reportedly hit by a turning 18-wheeler headed toward Linden Boulevard. After the impact the truck driver remained at the scene.
Little suffered fatal injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jarrod Little Accident in East New York
Investigators are still looking into the cause and circumstances of this accident, but if early news reports have their facts straight it sounds like a turning truck failed to yield to a passing bicycle. If so, that would hardly be the first time a rider didn't receive the proper acknowledgement from someone in a larger vehicle.
However, before rushing to point fingers at the truck driver here it's important to account for all the possible factors of an accident like this one. Where exactly was the rider when the collision happened? Was he traveling with or against traffic? Could or should the truck driver reasonably have seen him before the collision? How are visibility and sightlines in the area?
That last question is particularly important because advocacy groups say the intersection in question is particularly dangerous. They say over 120 people have been injured at that same crossroads over the last five years and the roads are thought to be among the city's most dangerous as they're currently laid out (including having no protected bike lanes).
All I'm saying is that like many crashes there may be more to the story than there initially seems to be. A careful and thorough investigation is always helpful to ensure the whole truth is learned, and the evidence it uncovers is critical when ensuring that victims and families get the help they need and deserve from trucking companies who are always reluctant to provide it.