• October 13, 2022

Kala Santiago Killed in Bicycle Accident on Parkside Ave in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, NY — October 12, 2022, 25-year-old cyclist Kala Santiago was killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer on near Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:00 a.m. on Parkside Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Santiago was riding a bicycle east on the roadway alongside a tractor-trailer near Parade Place. The circumstances of the collision aren't clear yet, but reports say her bike and the truck collided in the area. When interviewed the truck driver said Santiago may have glanced off a parked car and then fallen beneath the truck as it moved to pass her on the narrow roadway.

Santiago suffered fatal injuries in the accident. No other injuries were reported and no charges were issued.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Kara Santiago Accident near Prospect Park

One of the biggest misconceptions I see about vehicle accidents is that fault is an all-or-nothing proposition--someone either caused the crash or they didn't, with no gray area. That's not actually correct, and careful investigation is likely needed in Brooklyn to find out not only exactly what happened but also who may be primarily responsible for it. I have no desire to point fingers or blame the victim, but it's important to learn the whole story.

For instance, reports suggest that Parkside Avenue is "not a designated truck route" and is too narrow for big rigs, yet truck drivers apparently make use of it all the time despite other more accessible routes nearby. If they're aware there are better options and still travel routes where their very presence is a hazard, let alone try to pass someone in a place where there's barely room to drive straight, that raises some questions about possible negligence.

On the other side, reports say Parkside Avenue has a designated bike lane that the victim allegedly wasn't using for her ride. It's unclear whether being in that lane would have changed what occurred, but the company behind that big rig could use that detail to defend itself and direct fault back to the cyclist.

Kala Santiago Killed in Bicycle Accident on Parkside Ave in Brooklyn, NY

As I said, I don't want to blame anyone when there's still so much investigating to do. Besides the potential mistakes of the people involved, there are questions about road and light conditions, the planning and layout of the local roads and bike lanes, other traffic in the area, and many others to work out. Finding the clear facts of the matter and then putting them together to determine how and why this terrible incident happened should be the priority. If there are steps beyond that, knowing so will depend on what is learned.

*We appreciate your feedback and welcome anyone to comment on our blog entries, however all visitor blog comments must be approved by the site moderator prior to showing live on the site. By submitting a blog comment you acknowledge that your post may appear live on the site for any visitors to see, pending moderator approval. The operators of this site are not responsible for the accuracy or content of the comments made by site visitors. By submitting a comment, blog post, or email to this site you acknowledge that you may receive a response with regard to your questions or concerns. If you contact Grossman Law Offices using this online form, your message will not create an attorney-client relationship and will not necessarily be treated as privileged or confidential! You should not send sensitive or confidential information via the Internet. Since the Internet is not necessarily a secure environment, it is not possible to ensure that your message sent via the Internet might be kept secure and confidential. When you fill out a contact or comment form, send us an email directly, initiate a chat session or call us, you acknowledge we may use your contact information to communicate with you in the future for marketing purposes, but such marketing will always be done in an ethical way.