Deadly Weekend Crashes Claim Two Victims
Accidents involving motor vehicles caused the deaths of two people in two Queens neighborhoods on Saturday, June 16.
A worker with the Big Apple Circus died in a freak accident when he slammed, head-on into the open door of a parked car and was impaled on the handlebars of his bicycle, police sources said.
Sources said the 39-year-old man was pedaling his bicycle at 178th Street and Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows at about 8:10 p.m. on June 16 when he slammed his bike into the driver’s side door of a parked Toyota Camry.
Eyewitnesses told investigators the handlebars of the bicycle “went right through” the victim’s jugular vein, resulting in a fatal loss of blood.
Onlookers who rushed to assist the man used towels and their shirts to try and stop the massive bleeding. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he died a short while later, police said.
Police are withholding the name of the victim until his next of kin are notified of his death.
The unidentified man worked as a lighting technician for the Big Apple Circus, which is currently performing at Cunningham Park.
A Big Apple spokesperson said the victim was a “very talented lighting technician” and an “invaluable member of the circus family”.
No one has been charged in the accident, police said.
A city sanitation worker fleeing the scene of a Brooklyn accident was killed on June 16 when he was thrown through the windshield of his car in Queens, police said.
Cops said Dominick Bunch, 24, struck a car near Crescent Street in Brooklyn at about 3 a.m. on Saturday morning.
As Bunch sped away from the scene, he blew a red light and slammed into a livery cab at 87th Street and Atlantic Avenue in Woodhaven, police said.
The Toyota flipped, sending Bunch through the windshield and seriously injuring two passengers, police said. A third passenger suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Bunch had been out drinking with friends prior to the two accidents. He was arrested in 2009 for selling an assault rifle to an undercover cop and was sentenced to six months in prison, police said.