Cyclist in Critical Condition After Hit-and-Run on Second Avenue

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Robert Bowen, 45, was bicycling south on Second Avenue near 59th Street last night when he was struck by a truck driver who didn’t stop at the scene. He sustained severe trauma to the body, according to police, and was taken to Cornell Hospital in critical condition. NY1 reports:

Sources say 45-year-old Robert Bowens was riding in the bus lane and
was hit by a flatbed truck while switching out of the lane, which was
blocked by a Verizon truck working on a manhole.

The truck fled the scene.

A Verizon crew that was working in the area came to the man’s aid.

NYPD’s public information office said the investigation is still ongoing and that no one has been identified or arrested yet.

The crash happened near the Queensboro Bridge just after 11 p.m. In DOT’s original corridor plan for re-designing First and Second Avenues, street segments near the crash location were slated to receive shared lane markings on the opposite side of the street from where Bowen was struck. Those street changes are on hold, along with other safety improvements north of 34th Street that face an uncertain future.

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