• January 13, 2023

Sarah Schick Killed in Truck Accident in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, NY -- January 10, 2023, Sarah Schick was killed following an accident where a semi-truck struck her while she was riding a bike.

Initial details released to the public say that the crash happened along Ninth Street at Second Avenue in the Gowanus. The exact cause of the collision is still under investigation, but sources are saying that 37-year-old Sarah Schick was on a Citi Bike waiting for the light along eastbound Ninth Street. When the light changed, details suggest her bike somehow made contact with a box truck beside Schick, ultimately leading to the truck dragging her. Schick died as a result.

Concerns of bike traffic, pedestrians, and vehicles in New York is a hot-button issue. There are advocacy groups dedicated to making the roads safer all throughout the boroughs. Even a lawyer all the way in Texas can just read some headlines to recognize there's a problem.

Sarah Schick Killed in Truck Accident in Brooklyn, NY

In less than a month, Ms. Schick's fatal accident is the third that's come to my attention following the deaths of Tamara Chuchi Kao last week and another woman in Brooklyn just after Christmas. In fact, I've seen reports on this accident talk about previous concerns with the area around the 9th and 2nd intersection. Apparently locals have been demanding improvements for years. While it's unclear if any improvements at all have been made by local officials, the people they're supposed to represent clearly don't feel their efforts have been good enough.

With that said, as important as it is to spread awareness of bike and pedestrian safety in hopes folks in the future won't suffer similar fates, one also shouldn't forget that this was a traffic accident. Poor safety and shoddy road design can be a factor there, but there were still two vehicle operators involved whose actions warrant thorough consideration.

To be clear, I don't have any reason to blame one person or another here. Despite what folks may think of people in my profession, I know that sometimes a driver can simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time (though it's undeniable others who give my profession a bad rap will say just about anything to get their way).

However, I can't help but wonder how someone can go from sitting stationary along the side of the road to suddenly tangled up in a truck traveling the same direction. Sources say the victim here lived nearby, and unless she's new to the area, one would think she is familiar with the roads and traffic here. Could it be that the media is leaving out crucial information? Are they being prudent or holding back out of respect for the victim's loved ones, or are they missing something? Would more thorough investigations show that this incident—much like the general safety concerns of the locals—isn't getting the attention it deserves?

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