too much fucking overlord

Israeli cyclist hit by bus in NYC gets an article in the NYT
Angry Arab News Service, Jun 17 2017

From Jar: “Cyclists are killed nearly every week in NYC, with rarely a mention, but this one gets a story in the NYT.”

She works at Citigroup & he worked at Credit Suisse. Anyone would think he’d been assassinated by a crazed Jihadi! – RB:

Family Recalls Life of Avid Cyclist, as Questions Are Raised About His Death
Hannah Alani, NYT, Jun 16 2017

Dan Hanegby was a planner and an avid cyclist, so of course he made sure his honeymoon coincided with the Tour de France. He had already forced his wife to one of the highest, coldest stages to catch a glimpse of the famed race. Then, the next day, Mr Hanegby himself attempted to cycle up one of the race’s most arduous sections, Mont Ventoux. He got tired along the way, said his wife, Sasha Hanegby. She almost hoped he would give up, but then he finally made it to the top. Sasha said:

Normally people go to vineyards, hold each other’s hand, look at each other’s eyes. It wasn’t Dan’s plan.

That was almost a decade ago, when they were young and up-and-coming bankers. After leaving Israel, they built lives in New York. Their two children were born in Brooklyn. On Monday, Mr Hanegby, 36, was riding a CitiBike east along his usual commute when after passing Eighth Avenue, he was struck and killed by a charter bus, becoming the first fatality in the four years of New York’s CitiBike program. In her home in Brooklyn Heights on Thursday, Mrs Hanegby, 36, recalled her and her husband’s New York story. He had moved to the city for the woman he loved, she said, and along the way developed passions for cycling, fresh sushi and even the foliage in Brooklyn. Mrs Hanegby said in her bedroom on Thursday:

We built a life here. Outside of everything, that’s what makes it so unfair. We saw a future here.

On Monday, their daughter, Mika, 3, went off to pre-school. Mr Hanegby dropped off their 6-yr-son Omri at Avenues World School in West Chelsea. He then hopped on a Citi Bike and began his six-block commute east toward Credit Suisse where he worked, a commute he had made each morning for a year. Mrs Hanegby was at work, at Citigroup, when she got the call. The police said Mr Hanegby had swerved toward the bus, fell and was caught beneath one of the rear wheels. A law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to comment on an ongoing investigation cop confirmed that the Manhattan district attorney’s office was determining if criminal charges were warranted, just as it does with every traffic fatality. The district attorney, Cyrus Vance, has brought charges in several similar cases under a relatively new city statute, and the 52-year-old bus driver could face a misdemeanor charge. Mrs Hanegby’s friends (sic – RB) said the police report did not make sense. “Swerved” indicates Mr Hanegby lost control of the bike, or that he was being careless, but surveillance videos from two businesses on 26th Street obtained by a family friend depict him cycling in what appears to be a straight line down West 26th Street, which does not have a bike lane. The bus passes him on the left, traveling in the same direction. Mr Hanegby is not wearing a helmet and is wearing headphones. Before he passes a parked van, he briefly looks to his right. Mr Hanegby’s front wheel is clipped by the bus and the back wheels of the bus run him over. Gothamist first reported that there were videos of the accident. A spox for some sorta bike thing said:

It is a testament to the courage of Dan’s family and community to challenge initial assumptions and the inaccuracies NYPD was putting out. It shouldn’t be on the backs of grieving families to do that kind of work.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday morning on WNYC that he planned to talk to Chief Thomas Chan, the NYPD transportation chief, about the investigation. He called the CitiBike program a “massive success” that has benefited New Yorkers. Mr de Blasio said:

But this death, and I must say, it’s a guy with an amazing future ahead of him and young children, devoted father, it’s horrible, and an athlete on top of that, someone who obviously was very good at handling his bike (not to mention a Jew – RB).

For the family, the hours after Mr Hanegby’s death were a blur. Their nanny picked Mika and Omri up from school and brought them to the hospital. The school connected Mrs Hanegby with a children’s psychologist. Mrs Hanegby said:

I told them the truth, in a direct way. Exactly how their father always talked to them. It’s so hard to talk about this stuff. It’s nothing special, it’s just our life. We just wanted a simple, good life. Peaceful.

Her son asked if “Aba” had a home in heaven. Mr Hanegby loved New York. After graduating from Brown University he moved in with his future wife, who was also working in the financial district. They apartment-hopped across TriBeCa. They spent all of their extra money on sushi. They married in 2009 in Israel. Mr Hanegby planned his family’s future. His wife was eight months pregnant with Omri when he initiated a move away to Columbia Street in Brooklyn Heights. He converted their storage unit into a bike room, and Mrs Hanegby said she finally found respite from his three bikes and sweaty biking clothes. He taught Omri how to bike, and later how to ski. Mika learned to bike a few weeks ago. Mrs Hanegby has not seen the video footage. On Friday morning, she and her children left for Israel, where Mr Hanegby was to be buried. She does not know if she will move permanently back to NYC, she says:

I don’t want to make any rash decisions. I’m going for the funeral, for the mourning and all that, then I will sit with myself and think about what’s the best for my children.

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