Cite for first cyclist death comes from this article on DNAinfo about it.
He was hit by a bus that was pulling out of a bus stop while he was passing it and he fell underneath the wheels.
He was a good guy who was supporting his family back in Mexico and he was going back to school as well. I’m not quite sure exactly what he was majoring in, but I’m fairly certain it was something related to psychology. I used to help him order text books off Amazon. Once I was incredibly bored at work and he gave me Arthur Miller’s autobiography, Timebends**, to read. I kept forgetting to give it back and he said it wasn’t important, so I still have it.
Since his family is in Mexico, his college and some of his current co-workers are dealing with the logistics of his body. I’m not exactly sure why, but apparently the morgue is refusing to release his body so a wake that was going to be held in New York this week (before sending his body back to Mexico presumably) was canceled. He was a citizen of Mexico so I asked if anyone had contacted the Mexican consulate for assistance and I did not hear back. Would that be the correct thing to do?
Anyway, it’s a huge bummer. It’s not exactly clear if the accident was his fault or not. Either way, it definitely serves as a reminder to be extremely careful when you’re out on the road on a bicycle as one mistake can end in tragedy.