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Another Delancey Death, More Demands for Safety Improvements | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
Police have released the name of the bicyclist killed in that horrible accident on Delancey Street yesterday afternoon. He is 52-year old Jeffrey Axelrod of Cobble Hill. Witnesses said he lost control of his bike, apparently due to a problem with the chain, struck the back of a tractor-trailer and then got dragged under the truck's rear wheels. Axelrod was pronounced dead at the scene, shortly after the accident happened (around 5:30 p.m.) He was wearing a helmet. Police said the driver of the truck (employed by ESG Transport of Inwood, Long Island) was not charged with any crime. Jose Martinez, another bicyclist, said he witnessed Axelrod going through the red light, as he turned right from Chrystie Street onto Delancey. Martinez told Gothamist "he spotted the victim on Chrystie Street moments (before the accident) having trouble with the bike's chain." A construction worker who commutes to Brooklyn daily he "urged cyclists to not take chances on the (dangerous Delancey) route: