Ricardo Antonio Sicajau Killed in Moped, Trailer Accident in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY -- March 12, 2023, Ricardo Antonio Sicajau was killed after an accident where a moped crashed into a trailer in the bike lane.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 6:00 a.m. along Kent Avenue just off the Williamsburg Bridge.
It appears that 51-year-old Ricardo Antonio Sicajau was on a moped at the time traveling southbound along Kent. In a series of events unclear, the moped crashed into a flatbed trailer which authorities say was parked in the bike lane.
Due to the collision, Sicajau sustained fatal injuries. Reports say there was construction in the area, but additional details surrounding the crash are unavailable at this time.
There are many unknowns here which could have vastly different implications legally speaking. Generally speaking, it's illegal to block bike lanes in New York. But plenty of advocacy groups in the boroughs are constantly speaking out on how many delivery trucks and other vehicles simply ignore these laws. Perhaps this is another one of those situations.
That said, there is some lack of clarity surrounding the location of the collision, what led to it, and what the victim was or wasn't doing at the time. I've seen that vehicles such as mopeds aren't allowed to drive on bike lanes. But initial reports said the victim was on an e-bike, which from what I've seen is allowed on bike lanes. Reports seem to have clarified a moped was indeed involved, but why was it mistakenly identified in the first place? Why was the victim on the bike lane? Was there something about this construction zone putting traffic in danger? Was it just a matter of time before someone got hurt on this stretch of road?
I haven't seen quite as many sources talking about this incident as I tend to when the victim is on a bicycle. I just hope that the right people are giving this crash attention even if it's just behind the scenes. At the end of the day, it's the victim's loved ones that deserve answers.