Trial Begins in the Case of NYC’s First Citi Bike Fatality

The family of Dan Hanegdy wept as the details of his death were read allowed in Manhattan Criminal Court as NYC's first Citi Bike fatality case began. 

Hanegdy, a 36-year-old Credit Suisse banker was killed June 12, 2017, when a bus driven by Dave Lewis struck and killed him near 26th Street and 8th Avenue. Witnesses of the accident say the victim fell from his bike after being hit and then was ran over and crushed under the rear tires of the bus.

Lewis's lawyer Jeremy Saland told the court that his client had blasted his horn at Hanegdy as he weaved his bike in and out of traffic, but the bicyclist didn't hear the warning because he was wearing over the ear headphones.

Manhattan Criminal Court prosecutors told the judge that Lewis could have avoided the accident if he hadn't tried to pass the bicyclist. The prosecutor, who was quoted in the New York Post added, "He (Lewis) fully appreciated it was dangerous to try to pass, to try to squeeze through."

The bus driver was offered a no-jail plea deal but turned it down for a trial.

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