Unlicensed Cab Driver Struck and Killed Cyclist at Dangerous Park Avenue Intersection

By Catherine Yang, Epoch Times

Jerrison Garcia was struck and killed while bicycling on Park Avenue Monday morning by a turning livery cab. 

According to the New York Police Department, police and EMS responded to a 911 call and the 25-year-old cyclist was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Nojeem Odunfa, 65, was arrested and charged with driving without a license. 

Jerrison was struck on East 108th Street, close to the site of a memorial for another cyclist who was killed on the same street in East Harlem. According to the Ghost Bikes project in New York City, which tracks cyclist deaths and places white bikes in memory of cyclists on the crash sites, 18-year-old Marvin Ramirez was killed in 2013, and 19-year-old Shaquille Cochrane was killed in 2012 at the same intersection.

Above 97th Street on Park Avenue is a viaduct carrying Metro-North trains and there is low visibility in many areas. 

According to the Department of Transportation, from 2007-2011 there were 19 severe injuries from 97th Street to 111th Street and the department has been studying changes.

Earlier this year Community Board 11 approved a series of safety fixes the DOT proposed. 

DOT will paint clearer pedestrian crossings, narrower lanes on cross-streets, concrete curb extensions,  and new pedestrian signals.