How many people have to die before this fucking city, these useless elected officials do something about large dangerous trucks. First a crackdown should be on trucks that drive illegally on residential streets IMMEDIATELY and even if trucks are using the correct route, a crack-down is needed on careless truck drivers like asshole MURDERER JOSEPH CHERRY of JMW TRUCKING.
Leah Sylvain, a native of Newington, Conn., living in Brooklyn, was pedaling north in a bike lane on Evergreen Ave. in Bushwick when a fuel truck in front of her made a left turn onto Hart St. about 6:45 a.m.
Sylvain was hit by the center of the truck and ended up under a rear wheel, officials said.
She was taken to Woodhull Hospital with head trauma and died there, police said. Sylvain was not wearing a helmet, witnesses said.
Joseph Cherry, 52, of Brooklyn, the driver of the fuel truck, was arrested at the scene.
Sylvain worked at Scenic Corp. in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where she painted theater sets and props.
Pastor Dennis Peloquin, 61, of the Mill Pond Church in Newington, told the Daily News that Sylvain was among the founding members of the church.
“She was one of the most charismatic, giving, unselfish people I knew,” Peloquin said. “She was the type of person that when she went into a room, the room just lit up. She was an awesome, awesome person. I don’t have words to describe her.”
The church’s senior pastor, Joel Rissinger, 54, said Sylvain’s parents are heartbroken.
“It’s a parent’s worst nightmare,” he told The News. “She was like a daughter to me. She had a tremendous spirit. You really had to try hard not to love her. She was a joy to be around.”
Construction worker Edwin Zapata, 48, saw paramedics putting Sylvain on a gurney and into an ambulance.
“She had a lot of trauma to her head,” Zapata said. “There was blood. It wasn’t a good sight.”
Cherry was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. He remained at the scene after the accident, made calls and sent text messages for about 45 minutes before he was arrested, Zapata said.
“He wasn’t arguing when they cuffed him,” Zapata said.
Cherry was charged because Sylvain had the right of way when he turned in front of her, cops said.
An official with his company, JMW Trucking, could not be reached for comment.
“In the last three years we have more bikes on the road,” Zapata said. “We should be a little more careful.”
In a statement posted to Facebook, church leaders described Sylvain as a “spiritual powerhouse, a prayer warrior, and an amazing artist” whose work in displayed in the church.
Carissa Wages, a friend of Sylvain’s, called her a “genuinely beautiful soul.”
I’m absolutely stunned and heartbroken,” she wrote on Facebook. “This woman was incredible — a blessing and encouragement to all who knew her.”
According to her blog, Sylvain studied puppetry at the University of Connecticut and the School of Visual Arts.
She worked on sets for the Metropolitan Opera and the Connecticut Repertory Theater’s productions of Romeo and Juliet, Man of La Mancha, The Odd Couple and others.
At the scene of the crash, friends left two candles and taped a cardboard sign to an FDNY fire alarm box that said, “Rest in Peace Leah. You will be missed!”