Chin, Squadron Call on City to Address Delancey Street Safety Concerns

Delancey Street, near Chrystie -- the scene of last week's fatal accident.

City Councilmember Margaret Chin and State Senator Daniel Squadron are just out with a statement on last week’s accident on Delancey Street that killed cyclist Jeffrey Axelrod of Brooklyn:

Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Council member Margaret Chin called on the Department of Transportation to address the serious safety concerns on the Delancey Street corridor. In a letter to DOT, Senator Squadron and Council member Chin highlighted the fatal accident on Delancey and Chrystie Streets last week as the latest reminder of the need to immediately improve safety conditions on the thoroughfare.

Another Delancey Death, More Demands for Safety Improvements

Police have released the name of the bicyclist killed in that horrible accident on Delancey Street yesterday afternoon. He is 52-year old Jeffrey Axelrod of Cobble Hill.  Witnesses said he lost control of his bike, apparently due to a problem with the chain, struck the back of a tractor-trailer and then got dragged under the truck’s rear wheels.  Axelrod was pronounced dead at the scene, shortly after the accident happened (around 5:30 p.m.) He was wearing a helmet.

Police said the driver of the truck (employed by ESG Transport of Inwood, Long Island) was not charged with any crime. Jose Martinez, another bicyclist, said he witnessed Axelrod going through the red light, as he turned right from Chrystie Street onto Delancey. Martinez told Gothamist “he spotted the victim on Chrystie Street moments (before the accident) having trouble with the bike’s chain.” A construction worker who commutes to Brooklyn daily he “urged cyclists to not take chances on the (dangerous Delancey) route: ‘When there is a red light here, you really just have to stop.’