(Nat Golden – YWN/AP) A 36-year-old man riding on a Citi Bike in Manhattan was struck and killed by a bus, becoming the first fatality involving the city’s four-year bike-share program.
Authorities say Dan Hanegby, z”l, of Brooklyn, was riding in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood Monday morning when he collided with a charter bus, fell from the bike and was run over. Hanegby worked as an investment banker at Credit Suisse.
He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police say the driver remained at the scene.
Hanegby, who was born and raised in Tel Aviv, was a staff sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces between 1999 and 2002. He was a former No. 1-ranked tennis player in Israel and won championships for Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
In 2006, Hanegby told the Brown Daily Herald he put his tennis career on hold to join the IDF’s special forces, even though athletes are given a special status that allows them to serve closer to home.
“The City shares its condolences on this day. Like with all fatalities, we will review the area of the crash,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Gastel.
A spokeswoman for Citi Bike says the program has had more than 43 million trips in the city since it began.