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Brooklyn Heights Man Dies in Bike/Bus Accident in Manhattan
August 21 2017, 06:39 | Irvin Gilbert
Man, 36, fatally struck by bus in Manhattan in first Citi Bike death
On Monday, per a report by the New York Times, a 36-year-old cyclist was killed in Manhattan when he collided with a charter bus while riding one of New York City's Citi Bike bike-share bicycles, marking the first-ever fatality in the four-year history of the Citi Bike program.
According to the New York Times, Hanegby, a director of investment banking at Credit Suisse, was riding on 26th Street about 8:15am when he swerved to avoid a parked van and crashed into the bus. "They were very close, the bus and him", a witness tells the New York Post. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital by Emergency Medical Services but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Citi Bike expressed condolences to Hanegby's family in a statement, and says they'll work to make sure their riders are practicing safe bicycling.
"Together with the City of NY, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the rider's family and loved ones on this bad tragedy", a Citi Bike spokeswoman said in a statement.
Hanegby, who born and raised in Tel Aviv, was a staff sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces between 1999 and 2002.
Hanegby is survived by his wife, Sasha, and his two children.
The Citi Bike network that attracts large numbers of tourists to the bustling NY streets, has 593 stations in the city and 10 more docking stations were drafted for southern Crown Heights and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens on April 5.
At the time of the accident Mr. Hanegby was riding a Citi Bike.