Kingston bicyclist dies after being struck by school bus

Yesterday afternoon at about 2:15 p.m. members of the Kingston Police patrol division responded to a bus versus bicyclist crash at the intersection of Wilbur Avenue at Greenkill Avenue.

According a release from the Kingston Police Department, a school bus from Birnie Bus Company was traveling northeast bound on Greenkill Avenue. There is a bicycle lane that runs parallel and on the right of the vehicular traffic lane. The bus was in the process of making a right turn from Greenkill Avenue onto Wilbur Avenue when a bicycle travelling northeast on Greenkill Avenue in the bike lane passed through a stop sign meant for the bike lane and continued to travel into the side of the bus that was turning in front of him. The bicyclist fell to the ground and was run over by the bus. The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The bicyclist suffered serious internal injuries and succumbed to his injuries at the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley Broadway Campus.

The bus was unoccupied, except for the driver and no other persons were injured.

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The bus driver was a 43-year-old female from Rosendale. The bicyclist was a 54-year-old male from Kingston. Neither person’s name was provided.

The crash is being investigated by members of the Kingston Police Accident Reconstruction Team and the Detective Division.

At the time of this press release it appears that bicyclist failed to yield the right of way by passubg through a stop sign. No tickets were issued to the bus driver.

The Kingston Police Accident Reconstruction Team is continuing to investigate.

 

There are 8 comments

  1. Josh Hammer

    This section of Greenkill Ave is a very serious safety concern for everyone. This bike is not needed and has narrowed or lanes. This needs to be returned to how it’s was prior, or there will be many more accidents on this stretch of Greenkill. This is just dumb.

  2. Zac Shaw

    Whoever oversaw the redesign of that intersection to be a death trap should be held responsible at least in part. So tragic this could have been prevented had the intersection not be designed so poorly and dangerously, yet traffic planners never seem to be properly held accountable. That’s what it will take to stop this from happening in the future.

  3. Sam Martin

    The design was approved by the common council, mayor and his two brilliant corporation counsel, they should be held accountable. The whole story should be told as these residents have to shovel where they Park, and put there trash in the middle of the road instead of on the curb why. Why are these residents held accountable to do this, they pay city taxes.

  4. J. Doyle

    Sadly, I think this is only the first of many accidents that will occur at this very strangely configured intersection and street.

  5. Selim Algar

    Show a picture of how Greenkill Ave looks now , not a past picture, as it’s the present conditions that caused the accident.

  6. Jim

    The bike lanes to nowhere in Kingston are accidents waiting to happen, and the city and state need to get realistic. Painting a bike on a shoulder does not create a bike lane. An elementary schooler could take one look at the plans and know how dangerous these are. City and state both deserve to be sued. My condolences to his family and community.

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