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New York's Citi Bike Had Its First Fatal Crash

A man was killed Monday morning riding on a Citi Bike in Chelsea.
A Citi Bike bicycle is seen at a rental location in New York.
A Citi Bike bicycle is seen at a rental location in New York.Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

A long safe-riding streak has come to an end. After more than four years and 43 million trips since New York’s Citi Bike system debuted, the system saw its first fatality Monday morning.

The New York Post identified the victim as a 36-year-old investment banker. Police sources said the man was struck by a bus on 26th Street near 8th Avenue as he was riding between a moving coach bus and a parked car around 8:20 a.m. He reportedly lost control of the bike, fell to the ground, and was run over by the bus. He was pronounced dead two hours later.

“Together with the City of New York, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the rider's family and loved ones on this terrible tragedy,” writes Motivate spokeswoman Dani Simons. Motivate operates the Citi Bike system, with 10,000 bikes and 603 stations. The system makes up roughly 40 percent of the total bike-share trips in the country.