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Cyclist Struck by NYPD Patrol Car Gets Bill

April 08, 2013  | 

Photo by Paul Clinton.
Photo by Paul Clinton.

A Brooklyn bicyclist received a $1,263 invoice for damage to the unmarked New York Police Department police vehicle that struck him and sent him flying, reports the New York Post.

Justin Johnsen, 31, was knocked down on Nov. 5 by an unmarked Ford Taurus police car. Johnsen said the driver, Sgt. Conrad DePinto, was friendly but didn't offer an apology.

Comments (6)

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herkey @ 4/8/2013 5:25 PM

good old bloomberg does it again!!!!!!

gary @ 4/7/2013 5:30 PM

Without knowing more facts who's at fault its hard to say. If the cyclist is in the right he shouldn't be billed but that's nypd for you. If its the cyclists fault well pat the bill

Jim A @ 4/8/2013 6:29 PM

NOBODY should be commenting on this story with the little information provided. This is ridiculous. This is not a story. A story has a beginning, middle (facts) and an end. This only has a beginning and an end not even much of either of those. Kind of like trying to put two pieces of bread together with nothing in the middle and calling it a sandwich.

Michael A. Knox @ 4/9/2013 5:38 AM

@Jim A - If you'd click on the link to the New York Post story, you'd get the middle you're looking for. Police Magazine is simply referring the reader to a broader story reported elsewhere, as is common practice in Internet journalism.

Duke Holtzman @ 4/9/2013 5:53 AM

Give me all of the facts(how it took place) and I will give you an opnion! Lets give NYC the doubt untill facts prove otherwise! The "scumbags" are incoent untill proved otherwise and so should NYC! FACTS--FACTS--FACTS !!!!!!!

MikeAT @ 4/9/2013 7:40 AM

From the NY Post article:

"...“I had left the bike lane to make a left turn, and I looked behind me and saw that it was clear, and the farthest car was a fair distance,” he said.

Johnsen said he signaled to make the turn onto North Elliott Place from Flushing Avenue, but before taking the turn, he said, he “was swiped by this car on my left side.”..

Now, assuming he was on the right side of the road (where I generally fund them) he was moving onto the moving lane of traffic. If that is so, he is at fault. If you are entering a moving land of traffic, you are responsible for insuring it's clear before you move.

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