Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Candlelight Vigil for Axelrod To be Held

A candlelight vigil will be held for Jeffrey Axelrod, the cyclist who was killed last Thursday when he was caught between a cement truck and an illegally parked car on Delancey Street.

The vigil will take place at 8 pm, tonight August 23, in Brooklyn.  A flier being passed around reads, "We will be gathering at Cobble Hill Towers in the large courtyard (at Baltic & Hicks) to light candles in Jeff's honor on Tues, August 23 at 8 p.m. All neighbors and friends are welcome -- please bring a candle," reported the The Village Voice Blog.

Axelrod, 52, was a resident of Cobble Hill for 20 years. Last Thursday Axelrod was seen taking a right turn off Chrystie St. to Delancey, having trouble when he approached the back of a cement truck, and falling under the wheels of the truck.

BBB came out swinging when we saw media reports blaming Axelrod for the accident because he ran a red light, according to one witness, Jose Martinez.  But whether he took the light or not had nothing to do with his accident, according to our analysis. Illegally parked cars however may have, as well as an obscured view of the space available.   Police were also unable to provide further details about the incident, especially given that Axelrod was an experienced rider.

Wrote one of his friends anonymously to BBB, "As a good friend of Jeff's and someone who talked bikes and rode bikes with him over the years your post explains a lot of questions I have been going over in my mind since this tragedy. Jeff was an experienced cyclist and not one that would take a lot of chances. All cyclists in this city have close calls every day, for something like this to happen is completely out of character with the experienced city cyclist."

According to the police report, two other witnesses were at the scene, but no information has been made public regarding what they saw.

BBB has been unable to locate Martinez who could provide more clues, such as whether he saw Axelrod's movements continuously, or as he made the turn, and later, when he had trouble with the truck.

The driver of the truck belonging to ESG Transport, was not charged in the incident.

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