Woman Hit by Cyclist in the East Village Asks Him to Contact Her

Last Thursday at around 11:30 a.m., Cynthia Wright, an actress who also teaches at NYU, was heading out of town, on her way to the bus station, to visit friends in the country. As she went to cross the street at 3rd and Avenue A, the light in her favor, she was looking north. Suddently, she "felt an enormous impact. Everything went black, and I was lying on the street," she told us. She was literally picked up and "put upright" by a passerby. "I was shocked," she said. "My jaw and face were injured, my knee was bleeding, my pants were torn."

Then, two police officers appeared out of a large truck. "The first thing was they were screaming at me," she said. "This happens all the time!" and "That mayor, Bloomberg, wants to put more of them on the street!" (referring to cyclists and bike lanes). They asked Wright, who is 60, if she wanted to call an ambulance, and she declined, still in shock and a bit scared of looking like a victim. In the confusion, she didn't get the cyclist's contact information. "I realized on a deep level I should ask the biker for his name and number, but I turned into a simpering little girl. I'm a cyclist myself. He said 'I'm sorry'; I said, 'No, no, I'm sorry,' and then the conversation was interrupted," she told us. "The police officer said, 'It doesn't matter anyway, the pedestrian is always in the right.'"

But no report was made. "I really think in this case the officers, for some reason which eludes me but which is personal to them, they didn't want to make a report, clearly, or they would have asked me," she said. "It was a business they didn't want to be involved with. In my confused state and my desire to get away from the police, I sort of slunk away."

Wright sustained injuries to her jaw, face, and knees, and bruised her entire tibia. Despite her knees and hands being bloody and the fact that she was stunned and having trouble walking, she got a cab, went to the bus station, bought peroxide and bandages, and continued on her trip. In the country, she saw a health-care practitioner who identified her injuries. While she was away, she called a friend and asked him to put up the sign (above, right) asking the cyclist to get in touch. She also later called the 9th Precinct; the officers she had encountered were not from there.

Her hopes in placing the sign are that the guy, who she describes as a "handsome young hipster guy" with dark hair, helmetless, and probably in his 20s, riding a black bike with a thin frame, will see it and contact her. "It's come to me since," she said, "If I were he, I would be willing to help this person by buying her a new pair of pants, help her with having to see the osteopathic physician, and the other work."

The whole thing is a bit of a blur, still, and probably always will be: "I don't know how it happened that he hit me. I can only imagine...I ride a bicycle, and I have gone through red lights. I know there are those who stop and wait, I'm not one of them. But I don't think he slowed down; he hit me really hard. Because there were no cars coming, he may have decided he could get though the light."

Wright does not agree with the cops' anti-cyclist ideology, though. "Just as dangerous as cyclists, there are a lot of pedestrians in the city who are listening to music, looking intently at a text message they received, and they step into bike lanes and into the street when the light is red and don't acknowledge that could be dangerous to them and the cyclist. it unnerves me. Everybody -- cars, cyclists, people not on bicycles -- need to pay more attention. It is clearly getting more dangerous for everybody. But, I see more cyclists paying attention to rules, and I am going to do that now, too."

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

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Well this has been such an interesting experience!  Posting this sign, and having thiswoman interview me, and reading people’s responses__

I was surprised to read that a woman wrote that she hadwitnessed this accident!  And thatI was walking against the light.  Iremembered that the light had changed, but that memory may well beuntrustworthy.  I was,  (and actually, in part, still am!) in astate – I was in the state of “shock”. I got hit hard, fell down hard, hit my head hard, and it was shocking tomy body and I was very frightening. I felt so frail! Pathetic.  Ashamed.  I didn’t offer the information to theofficers that I myself am a sometime-bicyclist.  And that the bicyclist and I stood beside one another, andthat the two officers stood beside one another facing us. Which isn’t of anyimport, but seemed so. 

So interesting the things included and the things left outof the memory in such a moment….

And oh yesterday!? A man (sounding about 45ish?) who had a “Withheld” number and whoidentified himself as Patrick-I-got-your-number-from-Bob, left a message on myphone.  – He said: the bicyclistwho hit me had offered his name and number to me, he said this twice in themessage,  (?? Really??  I believe this was not so!)  -- that I was a “person in the wrong–looking for someone to blame”. Which was – so,  well,  it all seemed curious really. 

Anywho -- I put up the sign because I really wanted  some help from the fellow, and thought,if it was me, I’d want to help a person I hit.  At least I think I would--!  I’m trying to rethink it all, maybe too much, but I know Iget SO angry when I am riding my bike – and people walk out in front of me andfrighten me.  I really take itpersonally – getting frightened. Which is of course – well it’s not personal 99% of the time.

It probably would depend-on-the-day, but I do wonder whatI’d do if I believed that an elder, maybe distracted person - stepping in frontof me when I had the light___ wouldn’t I feel they were responsible for theirownself being hurt.  Lord knows I’mtempted to hit people on purpose sometimes.


I’m wobbling around – and really, I’m grateful for theposts! and what the Bike Safety person wrote is very good and true.   I hope to heaven I’m neverinvolved in an accident again – and I do always strongly urge anyone I seehurt, to bother themselves to get checked out.  But this experience of shock and what he shared is real – Ididn’t feel what was hurt ‘til later.


As a postscript I’m a little ashamed to say but willanyway,--  I fell down againcrossing the street six days after this happened – tripped on some broken uppavement over in front of 721 Broadway. I am so desirous of being-back-normal and –well, it’ll take the timeit’ll take. 



Post post script! Someone just txted me that: they’re neither young nor esp handsome butthey’d b willing to chip in a little to help - wanting some good karma!  How sweet is that???!


post post post script - friend Andrea wrote me that this blog post looked to her like an article inthe Onion – which might read – “Ms. Right, though unable to walk, thoughtthey’d really made a love connection in their collision.”    LOL!


NYC is menkal man. You can't even fart 2-feet from someone without fear of being sued. I doubt the guys going to get in touch. Sorry to corrupt the thread. Hope the lady gets well soon.

Opus the Poet
Opus the Poet

I do a bicycle safety blog and one of the things I remind my readers about on a frequent basis is you might not feel the injuries initially because of shock. When I got hit the only thing I could feel was the broken hip, did not even know most of my leg below the knee had been blown apart like a bomb went off inside it until 3 days later. I still have a 9" by 4" scar on my lower leg where they put the skin graft to cover the hole.

Always get checked out at a hospital after a wreck that causes you to hit the deck. No matter what hit you.


Pedestrians are a nuisance and a danger to cyclists. 


Cyclist's are a nuisance and danger to pedestrians. 

Brian Van Nieuwenhoven
Brian Van Nieuwenhoven

Nice to know that the police don't really know what the laws are, they just apply their own personal biases to a situation and "enforce" as they see fit. This is on behalf of pedestrians, cyclists, motor vehicles, and virtually any criminal situation, really.

I've never hit or hurt a pedestrian with my bicycle. I stop for red lights and otherwise proceed cautiously and lawfully on dense streets. Bloomberg wants to put more of ME on the street in the bike lanes, not the crazy messenger types or the hot-shot immature-boys-in-a-hipster's-body types. But also, I'm sure Bloomberg would also like more of ME on the police force too (educated, considerate, logical), instead of these fucking meatheads from the outer boroughs who are there because they enjoy the benefits of legally bullying people that only a badge can provide.

I wish there was a solution, but let's face it, all of us are too busy working our own hot-shot jobs and filling in the gaps with booze time in order to do what it takes to get this chaos off the streets. After all, this is a problem that affects no one until they're one of the few injured, arrested, or in some other dreadful state of affairs.


I'm sorry, but I witnessed this accident and the light was not in her favor yet...no walk sign had appeared and she did not look before crossing. The cyclist stopped and offered her help...if she did not get his information then, I'm sure he thought he had done his duty


Yeah, good luck finding him, much less getting him to pay up.

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