Manhattan: Bike Messenger Killed

New York Times | August 11, 2006

By Emily Vasquez

A 20-year-old bike messenger was killed yesterday when he collided with a flatbed truck carrying construction materials at Ninth Avenue and 29th Street, the police said. The driver of the truck had stopped at the intersection. When the traffic light turned green, he turned right onto 29th Street, into the path of the bicyclist. The messenger, Darren Lewis, of Manhattan, was the seventh bicyclist to be killed in an accident this year in the city, the police said. Twelve were killed in 2005. He worked for Urban Express, a courier company, for about a year, a company spokesman said. The police called the collision an accident and said no charges would be filed. A representative of Transportation Alternatives, a group that promotes safe streets for cyclists, said accidents in which a vehicle turns into the path of a cyclist are so common that they are known among cyclists as "right hooks."