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COURIER L 16 IFE, NOVEMBER 5-11, 2021
The police car and motorcycle involved in a Nov. 2 collision
at Pennsylvania Avenue and Linden Boulevard.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
BY BEN BRACHFELD
A motorcyclist was hospitalized on Tuesday afternoon,
Nov. 2, after allegedly slamming into a police
squad car in East New York.
A police spokesperson said that the squad car
was driving on Pennsylvania Avenue en route to a
call of a “large fi ght involving bats” when a motorcyclist
reportedly collided with the rear passengerside
door of the squad car near the intersection with
Linden Boulevard. The incident occurred at about
3:15 pm Tuesday.
The spokesperson said that the motorcyclist was
taken to Brookdale Hospital, where they are “conscious
and alert,” while the offi cers were taken to
Jamaica Hospital in Queens for an evaluation. An
investigation is ongoing.
Linden Boulevard is one of the deadliest roads
in the borough, especially east of Kings Highway
where it is an eight-lane highway that nonetheless
intersects with the regular street grid. A total of 25
people have died in collisions on Linden since 2011,
all east of Kings Highway.
The city’s Department of Transportation in 2015
initiated a plan to implement street safety improvements
on Linden as part of the mayor’s Vision Zero
program, in which Linden is a “priority corridor”
owing to its high number of pedestrian deaths. The
city has implemented several measures in the intervening
years, including lowering the speed limit to
25 miles per hour and enlarging medians, though
street safety advocates contend that the measures
are insuffi cient.
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