A 54-year-old real estate agent named Kelly Killian was struck and killed by an e-bike in Astoria Friday night – around the corner from where she lived.
Police said they received a 911 call just after 8:30 p.m., and when emergency responders arrived at 31st Street and 21st Avenue, they found the injured woman lying in the road.
Killian had suffered severe trauma to her head. Medics brought her to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was initially listed in critical condition, the NYPD said.
She later died from her injuries, her family said.
An initial investigation by the NYPD Highway Unit’s Collision Investigation Squad found that a 26-year-old man on an e-bike had been headed east on 21st Avenue and struck Killian, who had been walking in the crosswalk.
Her brother, Chris Killian, said his sister had been en route to get dinner with a friend at the time.
The e-bike driver – who the NY Daily News reported was a delivery worker – stayed at the scene and had not been charged as of Tuesday, police said.
These ebikes are unsafe at any speed. And these app food delivery companies have to have their riders insured and all ebikes have to have plates and registration, including citibikes (since Revel actually has license plates)
And if anyone tells you different they have rocks in their head
When you get an e-bike you’re getting a terrific transportation tool that moves as fast as a car but doesn’t cause the injury, death, noise or pollution that a car causes https://t.co/girF5OrFH6— Good Idea Dave (@DaveCoIon) June 2, 2021