Vigil held for woman hit and killed by truck in Williamsburg

A vigil was held by friends and safety advocates Monday days after a cyclist was hit and killed by a truck Thursday evening in Williamsburg.

News 12 Staff

Mar 5, 2019, 12:37 AM

Updated 1,871 days ago

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Vigil held for woman hit and killed by truck in Williamsburg
A vigil was held by friends and safety advocates Monday days after a cyclist was hit and killed by a truck Thursday evening in Williamsburg.
Police confirm they have identified the driver of the gray or silver tanker-type truck who hit the young woman and took off, although no arrests have been made.
Friends who attended the vigil for 25-year-old Aurilia Lawrence, a freelance bike messenger, say she was a shining light on the city streets.
Dozens placed flowers and candles at the corner of Broadway and Marcy avenues to remember their friend who was killed as she was riding her bike on Broadway.
Friends say Lawrence biked along the street all of the time because she was a freelance bike messenger who loved to ride.
Police say as she was riding eastbound on Broadway toward Rodney street, she was struck by the truck that was moving in the same direction. The driver did not stop.
Advocates are calling on city leaders to redesign Broadway and make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
In response, the Department of Transportation says in a statement: "In light of this tragic fatality, DOT will evaluate the crash location for potential further Vision Zero safety enhancements in addition to the bike infrastructure we have installed in the surrounding neighborhood."


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