By DAVID COLON
June 18, 2017
The cyclist who was hit and killed by a charter bus driver has been identified as an 80-year-old man who owned a shoe store in lower Manhattan.
The NYPD identified the man killed by the charter bus driver as 80-year-old Chelsea resident Michael Mamoukakis. Mamoukakis was killed at about 1:30 p.m. when, riding his bike south on 7th Avenue, a charter bus driver also going south on 7th Avenue turned into him while trying to make a right onto West 29th Street. The driver, who remained on the scene, was not charged.
An NYPD spokesperson originally told Gothamist that Mamoukakis was killed shortly before 4 p.m. when he was going south on 7th Avenue and collided with the bus that was moving west on West 29th Street.
The bus driver told the Post that she didn’t realize she’d hit someone until people started yelling for her to stop the bus. “I don’t know exactly what happened,” she told the paper. “I was driving the bus, but when I looked, I didn’t see anybody. When I heard the thump, I didn’t see anything.”
The News spoke to a witness who told the paper “I turned around and I saw bus wheels go over a man’s body.” The paper also spoke to members of Mamoukakis’s family, who told the paper he was a cobbler who owned Mike’s Shoes in lower Manhattan.
With Mamoukakis’s death coming just days after the death of Citi Bike rider Dan Hanegby, who himself was killed by a charter bus driver just blocks from where Mamoukakis was hit, Chelsea City Council Member Corey Johnson issued a statement in which he wrote that “traffic violence is preventable” and that the “City can and must do better” in working to reduce traffic violence.
“I am angered and heartbroken to learn of a second cyclist fatality tonight in my district,” Johnson wrote in the statement. “This is the second cyclist fatality in Chelsea in five days. Both fatalities were caused by charter buses and both incidents took place in the West 20s near Seventh Avenue.”
Johnson went on to call for “an emergency meeting that includes the NYC DOT, the NYPD, my colleagues in government, Community Board 4 and representatives of charter bus companies that operate in Chelsea and West Midtown.”