Gothamist has not released the footage publicly, out of respect to Hanegby’s family, but has shared it with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Bicycling has not yet viewed the footage; however, if the video is as described, the case represents yet another example of the troubling victim-blaming trend in car-bike crashes.
Initially, the NYPD reported that Hanegby “swerved” in order to avoid a parked car, leading him to connect with the bus. According to Gothamist, the Collision Investigation Squad alleged that there was footage of the cyclist swerving to the left as he glanced to the right before the collision.
Video footage taken from two different angles, Gothamist’s Emma Whitford reports, shows Hanegby was actually traveling in a straight line in the middle of the road, and the bus appeared to pass him too closely.
“In the first video, Hanegby is seen biking along this line and continuing along the same trajectory, without altering course or swerving, up until the moment he goes down,” Whitford writes.
In the second video, Whitford adds, “Hanegby does not swerve. When the bus clips his bike, he can be seen falling down to the street. The bus driver runs over Hanegby’s torso with the bus’s right rear passenger tires, and continues partway down the block before coming to a stop.”
Outside of video, reporters also found a witness—a woman who had been riding the bus at the time of the accident—who said she didn’t see Hanegby swerve before he was hit.
The investigation is ongoing, and thus far, the driver hasn’t been charged. We’ll be monitoring the situation as more information comes to light.