Bicyclist Struck and Critically Injured by MTA Bus, Officials Say
LENOX HILL — A bicyclist was critically injured when she swerved out of the way of a yellow cab and hit the rear wheels of a city bus, officials said.
The 33-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was riding up Madison Avenue when she was caught under the rear wheels of an uptown M2 bus at 62nd Street about 10:20 a.m. Thursday, MTA and NYPD officials said.
The cab was making a right turn onto Madison, which prompted the cyclist, who witnesses said was not wearing a helmet, to swerve and fall, hitting the rear wheels of the bus, according to the cab driver and officials.
"I was turning off Madison onto 62nd. I heard a loud noise and looked to my left. It was a loud bang. There was a pretty girl laying down, bleeding from her ears. I ran over and saw her. She was breathing," said the cab driver, who would only give his first name, Wael.
The bus driver remained at the scene, according to police, who were continuing their investigation.
The cyclist was brought to New York Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition, an NYPD spokesman said.
Anthony Bischoff, a 33-year-old air conditioning worker, witnessed the crash.
"She was on her stomach laying flat in the middle of the street. The cab driver got out and tried to help her," Bischoff said. "Witnesses were holding up the traffic. She wasn’t moving and her eyes were closed."