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Bike Rider Hit by Car on Bushwick Street, Officials Say

By Serena Dai | August 13, 2014 5:09pm | Updated on August 13, 2014 5:27pm
 A man riding his bike in Bushwick was hit by a car Wednesday afternoon.
A man riding his bike in Bushwick was hit by a car Wednesday afternoon.
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BUSHWICK — A man riding a bike down a busy Bushwick street was hit by a car Wednesday afternoon and was sent to the hospital in serious condition, according to his family and FDNY.

Quamell Daniels, 21, was taken to Woodhull Hospital in serious but non-life threatening condition around 2:12 p.m. after being hit by a car driving east on Irving Avenue, FDNY said.

Sisters Denise Soto and Tamara Daniels that their brother was riding a friend's bike at the time.

They said police at the scene told them he was biking south down the one-way northbound Himrod Street when he was hit. Police did not immediately confirm that.

"It doesn't matter what way he was riding," said Tamara Daniels, adding that the driver should have been more careful.

Locals said the street is a high-traffic intersection, and that cars tend to speed down Irving Avenue.

Norah Costello, who's lived in the area for 23 years, said it's particularly dangerous for pedestrians because there's a school a block away, P.S. 86 at 220 Irving Ave. She said that drivers need to be more careful around children.

"Kids are kids," Costello said. "They don't see, they don't look."

Tony Verdejo, a 40-year resident of the area, said cars speed down Irving past Himrod after trying to catch yellow lights.

"It doesn't give the time to stop sharply if a kid is here," he said, adding that a stop sign should be added to the Irving Avenue and Himrod Street intersection. "Kids ain't cautious."