Bicyclist Killed By Oversize Truck at 6th Ave. and 30th St.
At approximately 3:30 PM, Tuesday January 12, 1999 bicyclist Brad Minch was struck and killed by and oversized,18 wheel, tractor trailer truck at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 30th Street.
Brad Minch, age 20, worked as bicycle messenger for the Click Modeling Agency for the last year and a half after moving to New York City from Cleveland. Company management considered him to be a highly skilled and experienced cyclist by company management.
Minch was struck by a tractor trailer hauling freight for the Aulenbak Company of New Jersey. (Measurements performed at the scene by Transportation Alternatives with a measuring wheel calibrated to tenths of feet) found that the tractor trailer combination was approximately 60 feet long. New York City law prohibits tractor trailer combinations exceeding 55 feet. It is not known if the size of the truck contributed to the crash. However, it is known that larger trucks take longer to brake and have larger blind spots in which the driver cannot observe pedestrians and bicyclists.
"How many bicyclists and
pedestrian will be killed before New York City starts enforcing its own 55-foot
truck law. Transportation Alternatives calls on the Police Department to enforce
the monster truck laws and for the City Council to conduct an oversight hearing
on why the law is not being enforced. Only a handful of officers perform truck
enforcement while monster trucks are taking over city streets."
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