Brooklyn Heights Man Dies in Bike/Bus Crash in Manhattan

The New York Post reports that Columbia Heights resident Dan Hanegby, 36, died this morning when he lost balance and fell while riding a bike, then was struck by a bus. Mr. Hanegby, who was married with two children, was a director in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse Group. A native of Tel Aviv, he had been the top ranked tennis player in Israel at 18, before his service in the Israeli Defense Forces. He later came to the U.S. and was captain of the tennis team at Brown University.

At the time of the incident Mr. Hanegby was riding a Citi Bike. His was the first fatality of a Citi Bike rider since the program began in 2013.

We at BHB extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. Hanegby’s family and friends.

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  • petercow

    “Accident” implies lack of fault. It was a crash. The investigation is ongoing.

  • Claude Scales

    I’ve changed the headline. The Post story said nothing about an ongoing investigation.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Very saddening. I got into a crash similar to this while riding on Pierrepont approaching Henry. A black cab tried to pass me, despite the light at Henry being red, and the cab clipped me and I fell over. He stopped and and I was unhurt, but if it were a larger vehicle, i could’ve gotten under the wheels. I have now sworn to take the lane when there is no bike lane.

  • Arch Stanton

    Sad news, my condolences to the family.

  • AbeLincoln

    To be honest, it seems like an accident, from everything the Post article says.

  • AbeLincoln

    RIP. Condolences to the family.

  • Andrew Porter

    Here is a link to the article in The New York Times:

  • Arch Stanton

    The NYT also said it “appeared to be an accident”, do you have any info on an ongoing investigation?

  • petercow

    Re “accident”:

    Was the car the cyclist going around legally parked? Probably not – bicyclists don’t have to “go around” parked cars.

    Was the driver exercising care?

    Just because there wasn’t ‘intent’, doesn’t mean it’s just ¯_(ツ)_/¯.

    Even NYPD has been told to use the term “crash”, not “accident”.

  • petercow

    Thanks Claude.

  • petercow

    FWIW, there is always an investigation following a fatality, though they are often perfunctory, and NYPD ‘s first instinct is to blame the cyclist/pedestrian.

  • streeter

    There’s a lengthy discussion here where someone who claims to have been on the bus chimes in:
    (look for the posts by Raul1129)
    “rest assured that the ciclyst was not at fault. I left my information with one of the responding officers letting him know I was on that bus and witnessed what happened and have yet to receive a call. I will do my job as a citizen and human being in speaking with Coach USA so that this man gets the respect and honor and that he deserves. Deeply saddened by this all!”
    “This cyclist was not riding between the bus and car, instead this bus driver used poor judgment and did not allow the cyclist to get through – he cornered him in and most likely caused this accident!”

  • MaggieO

    looks like the video evidence is backing this up –