Dan Hanegby, a 36-year-old Israeli-born investment banker, has become New York City’s first bike share fatality since the Citi Bike program began back in 2013.
Hanegby, 36, of Brooklyn, New York, was riding a Citi Bike alongside a charter bus on 26th Street in Manhattan on Monday, June 12, when he collided with the bus and was subsequently run over.
According to authorities, when New York City police arrived at the scene around 8:15 AM, they found Hanegby lying on the ground with severe trauma to his body. He was immediately transported to Bellevue Hospital where he was eventually pronounced dead.
via New York Times:
The bicyclist, Dan Hanegby of Brooklyn, was riding on 26th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood around 8:15 a.m. when he swerved to go around a parked van, struck a bus next to him that was traveling in the same direction, tumbled off the bicycle and fell under the bus’s rear tires, the police said. Mr. Hanegby sustained severe trauma, the police said, and was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital Center.
The collision appeared to be an accident, the authorities said, and the 52-year-old bus driver remained at the scene. The Citi Bike program has had more than 43 million trips in the city since it began, a spokeswoman for the service said.
In recent years, bicyclists in New York have said city leaders have not done enough to protect riders. They demanded more safeguards in 2016 after the number of bicycle fatalities surpassed the previous year’s total. Through April, four people had been killed on bicycles in New York this year, according to the city.
Citi Bike, the largest bike-share program in the country, has 593 stations in New York City. Hanegby’s death is the first in the estimated 43 million Citi Bike trips taken so far. The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is currently investigating.
Hanegby is survived by his wife, Sasha, and his two children.