John Carr-an avid life-long bicyclist from Marcellus was badly injured in a bicycle accident in New York late last month. The injuries of this 54-year old man were so severe that doctors had to immediately amputate his right leg to save his life.
The bicycle accident in Manhattan happened early on the morning of September 23rd when Carr was riding through the city after ending his shift, working behind the scenes at an Adelle concert. As he passed through the intersection of 8th Avenue and 40th Street, Carr was struck by a dump truck. He was thrown to the pavement and suffered life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck continued down the road as if nothing had happened.
Eyewitnesses to the crash called in the accident and within minutes rescue crews arrived. They rushed a Mr. Carr to Bellevue Hospital. Doctors needed to immediately perform an emergency amputation just to stabilize him. A family member said Carr would have to undergo at least one more surgery to repair his other leg-which was badly crushed in the Manhattan bicycle accident.
Large vehicles like trash truck, dump trucks, and buses pose a dangerous threat to pedestrians and bicyclists in New York City. Not only are the vehicles harder to control, the drivers have blind spots where a person on foot or on a bicycle cannot be seen. Many cities around the country (such as San Francisco) require or strongly advise that drivers of these types of large vehicles undergo additional safety training because of the threat they pose to individuals. That is not required in New York.
Carr’s family is struggling to keep up with his medical costs and has resorted to crowdfunding to help. The financial impact will be as devastating as the injuries and now because of this accident, Mr. Carr is faced with a physical recovery that could take years.