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I cannot piece this together from the description.
First, it sounds like the most terrible kind of traffic incident. Some of the graphic details are better off not-knowing.
It seems that an older woman with a bicycle was run over by the rear wheels of a garbage truck owned by a private company. Initial reports indicated the woman was a pedestrian... then it was a cyclist... then it was a person with a bike who was walking it near the curb line while the truck was pulling out nearby. None of the details have made total sense.
In the end, the best we can do for this person's memory is to make sure a complete, fair police investigation is held, and to make sure that any drivers who contributed to this incident with illegal actions have full charges brought up against them. Streetsblog is tracking the incident and provides the following supplementary information for the community to follow-up:
This fatal crash occurred in the 13th Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to NYPD Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg, the commanding officer, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The 13th Precinct community council meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 230 East 21st Street, at 6:30 p.m. Call (212) 477-7411 for information.The City Council district where the victim was killed is represented by Rosie Mendez. To encourage Mendez to take action to improve street safety in her district and citywide, contact her at (212) 677-1077.