A bicyclist died of his injuries following a crash involving a bus in Brooklyn on Wednesday evening.
According to police, at 7:33 p.m. on Dec. 23 the NYPD responded to a 911 call regarding a crash involving an MTA bus and an e-bike in the vicinity of Graham Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers found 33-year-old Adrian Coyotl De Los Santos lying in the roadway with trauma to his leg and torso.
An investigation found that Coyotl De Los Santos was riding a pedal-assist e-bike northbound on Graham Avenue, just north of Metropolitan Avenue, alongside an MTA bus traveling in the same direction. At some point, Coyotl De Los Santos collided with the bus and came to rest in the roadway. It is not clear why Coyotl De Los Santos collided with the bus in the first place.
Coyotl De Los Santos was rushed to NYC Health & Hospitals/Bellevue, where he was pronounced dead. The bus driver was not injured as a result and remained at the scene.
No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
“This is a terrible tragedy and our heart goes out to the cyclist and their family during this tremendously difficult time,” said MTA Spokeswoman Amanda Valdes. “Our thoughts are also with the bus operator. We are working closely with the NYPD on this matter.”
“In the three years since a truck driver killed a cyclist at the exact same intersection, Mayor de Blasio has not installed any safety improvements at this site. The Mayor has known this street is unsafe, has known the proven measures that prevent deaths, but has chosen not to act. This is inexcusable. Just yesterday, Mayor de Blasio said that ‘we are a Vision Zero city and we need to be more of a Vision Zero city.’ But with cyclists dying at increasing levels, and overall traffic fatalities rising for the second year in a row, we need action and not words from Mayor de Blasio to stop the carnage on our streets now,” said Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Danny Harris in a statement. “We can’t wait for action from Albany. We can’t wait for the next mayor. Mayor de Blasio controls the streets of New York City and he must take immediate steps today to get Vision Zero back on track and keep New Yorkers alive. He can start by restoring funding to Vision Zero and other life saving programs like the Green Wave Plan, Dangerous Vehicle Abatement Program, and Streets Master Plan. No New Yorker should fear death or injury on our streets. Mayor de Blasio, we demand action now.”
Updated on Dec. 27.