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Cobble Hill Towers Resident Killed in LES Bike Accident

The incident occurred Thursday around 5:30 p.m.

Cobble Hill Towers resident Jeffrey Axelrod, 52, was pulled under the tires of a Mack Truck Wednesday evening on Delancey Street, ending his life, police said.

According to a release from the NYPD, Axelrod was riding south on Chrystie Street and turned onto Delancey Street. He then "came into contact with the rear passenger side wheels of a 2005 Mack tractor trailer and was pulled under the truck."

Jose Martinez, another cyclist who was at the scene, was interviewed by Gothamist. Martinez told the blog that Axelrod "seemed nervous" and lost control of his bike, falling in-between the truck's wheels.

Gothamist also reports that police said Axelrod was wearing a helmet, and had "faltered on his bike because his chain fell off the sprocket."

Axelrod was also the coordinator and a founding member of the Cobble Hill CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). He was interviewed for our Green Matters column on in the Spring.

Also from Gothamist:

NYPD officers confirmed that because the driver "never saw him," and the cyclist ran the red light, there was "no criminality." 

The operator of the Mack truck, a 42-year-old male, stayed on the scene.

EMS pronounced Axelrod dead at the scene. No criminality is suspected, and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

Ariane Ben Eli August 19, 2011 at 09:52 PM
As a fellow member of the Cobble Hill CSA core group, I have known Jeff for years. He often came close to 8 PM on Tuesdays to help break down tables and take leftovers out for City Harvest. Sometimes he'd keep his bike helmet on for the half hour or 45 minutes he was there. Jeff sent out the emails letting members know what we'd be getting in our share each week. As the face of the CSA, he received complaints with patience--too little lettuce, too much lettuce, berries three weeks in a row, not enough tomatoes, something ran out, etc. and etc.--and struck a sometimes difficult balance between our farmers and our members. Jeff was just a lovely human being. He loved yoga and his bike. He knew everyone in the neighborhood. He was committed to social justice without being self-righteous. We walked home together occasionally as we lived in the same direction and I adored his conversation. He was thoughtful and funny and opinionated and political and practical and just really enthusiastic. Jeff lived alone. I know his parents are deceased, but there are rumors of a brother on Long Island. As plans are made for a memorial service, those of us who knew and loved Jeff would love to be kept in the loop. This is a deep, awful loss for all of us here in Cobble Hill.
CHT Tenants August 22, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Jeff's neighbors at Cobble Hill Towers are holding a candlelight remembrance for him on Tues, Aug 23 at 8pm. It will be held at The Towers, in the large courtyard at the corner of Hicks and Baltic. It's open to everyone in the community – friends and neighbors. Even if you didn't know Jeff but would like to stop by, please do so. Bring a candle to light for Jeff.

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