BROOKLYN — A bicyclist was killed and three passengers in an Uber car were injured in a crash that involved three vehicles and shut down an eight-block stretch near Barclays Center Monday morning, authorities said.
Uber driver Zack Sharhan told PIX11 News he was carrying three passengers in his car when he was hit from behind by an SUV near Fourth Avenue and Dean Street. He said the force of the crash sent his vehicle flying into the intersection.
Sharhan said he saw the SUV driver continue down Fourth Avenue where he hit a second car and struck a bicyclist who was tossed onto the roof of the SUV and carried for more than a block before being tossed in the street. Police pronounced the bicyclist dead at the scene.
Now in his second week on the job, Sharhan said he’s never experienced anything like this. Three passengers in his back seat were hurt — one of them suffered minor injuries, while the other two suffered serious injuries — and were taken to a hospital, according to FDNY.
The conditions of those people in the second struck car were not immediately known. In all, seven victims were taken to hospitals, officials said.
Traffic in the area is impacted and drivers should avoid the intersection if possible.