Cyclists showed up to the monthly Community Council meeting hoping to learn about the collision between the driver of a box truck and Kelly Hurley, a 31-year-old Lower East Side resident. She was biking to work at the SoulCycle gym on the morning of April 5 when she was struck at the intersection of First Avenue and East 9th Street, said Capt. Vincent Greany, commanding officer of the 9th Precinct.
Hurley died from her injuries on April 11.
The 59-year driver of the truck, who has not been identified by police, received a summons for a missing crossover mirror on his vehicle. He was not arrested and the NYPD’s investigation continues, noted Lt. Brian Reynolds, commanding officer of the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad. Reynolds said he would be recommending to prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office that that the truck driver “be held accountable” for the collision. It was not clear whether accountability meant criminal charges.
“Why wasn’t [the truck driver] arrested [at the scene]?” inquired one of about 70 East Villagers seated in the precinct’s conference room along with a lineup of uninformed cops.
“When you have a collision, better known as an accident, that’s different and takes a little more time to establish that a crime has occurred,” explained Greany. “If his intent was to just make the [left] turn, his intention is different than the intent of a shooting.” Greany, himself a cyclist, also made clear that the truck driver “had every right” to make the left turn.
Attendees at the meeting included a cyclist railing about motorists “constantly cutting” her off in traffic and pedestrians complaining about cyclists running through red lights and riding on sidewalks. “I don’t have issues with cars,” said an elderly woman. “But I do have issues with the bikers. They’re a bigger threat to seniors than cars. A car and a truck I can see coming.”
A recent string of burglaries was also worrying locals at the meeting. Greany cited crime statistics for the last 28 days showing an uptick in grand larceny, which, if “lumped in” with 23 burglaries involving property theft, accounted for “84 percent of the crime in the East Village” last month. He said acts of violence were “way down” in the community.
Police made 12 burglary arrests in the Ninth Precinct during the last two weeks, according to Greany. He regards the suspects as a group of “opportunists in the neighborhood getting access to apartments” with unlocked doors and windows. He later told B+B that a sole perp who remains at large is responsible for “six or seven” burglaries between Avenue A and B from East 2nd Street up to East 7th Street. The suspect, shown in the photo above, is not brandishing a gun, as claimed in a news report, Greany noted.