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Tomas Chitic Killed In Queens Electric Bicycle Accident With Pickup Truck On Honeywell Street

Tomas Chitic Died In Queens Car Accident While Riding E-Bike On Honeywell Street Near Northern Boulevard

Tomas Chitic Died In Queens Car Accident With Pickup Truck On Honeywell Street

QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY (October 17, 2021) – A man identified as Tomas Chitic was injured in a car accident while riding an e-bike on Honeywell Street not far from Northern Boulevard.

New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 7:22 a.m. on Monday, October 11th. Tomas Panto Chitic was riding northbound when he was struck head-on with a Chevy pickup truck that veered into opposing lanes of traffic.

The force of the impact knocked the bicyclist to the ground. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.

He was unconscious in the roadway and transported to a nearby hospital. Despite life-saving measures Tomas Panto Chitic died due to the severity of his injuries.

The street where the accident took place used to have a bicycle lane with flex-posts, but the city removed them after they were damaged by other drivers.

A full investigation into the collision that injured Tomas Chitic remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Queens Bicycle Accidents

So far in 2021, there have been at least 16 traffic deaths involving bicyclists in New York City. According to the People Powered Movement, “In 2019, the five boroughs saw 18,510 collisions involving cyclists – 18,494 causing injury and 16 [fatalities]. Despite the fact that the city was under a lockdown for most of 2020, there were still 12,450 bike crashes in 2020.” There are a number of steps that bicyclists can take in order to help keep themselves safe while out on the road.

  • Wearing bright clothing while bicycling can make you more visible to drivers.
  • It’s always wise to cross streets at marked intersections.
  • Ride in bicycle lanes as much as possible.
  • Always use signals to alert drivers that you’re turning.

Drivers have a legal obligation to scan the road ahead of them and keep a lookout for bicyclists. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting bicyclists, pedestrians and domestic animals in the roadway. Pursuant to New York state law, drivers must not cross double yellow lines except in very specific circumstances. Drivers that hit bicyclists after crossing double yellow lines could be held liable through a civil claim.

Depending on the specific facts of any case, liability for a collision could extend beyond any driver. For example, if a pickup truck driver was working at the time of a collision the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as the negligent conduct was reasonably foreseeable and a natural consequence of the worker’s employment. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any bicycle accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage of the accident should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Drivers should be interviewed.

The family of any victim that died in a bicycle accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Beneficiaries under New York’s wrongful death statute will include a victim’s next of kin. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Queens Bicycle Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Tomas Panto Chitic. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable tragedy that should have never taken place.

This accident raises a number of safety concerns. Is there a history of collisions along this road? Why did the city take away the flex posts it installed? What was the driver doing prior to the crash? Far too often expeditious trips are favored over the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

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