Volume 75, Number 8 | July 13- 20, 2005

Photo by Carter Booth

Ghost bike gives up the ghost

In another freakish auto accident at what has become one of Downtown’s most dangerous intersections, two yellow cabs collided at Elizabeth and East Houston Sts. early Saturday morning, about 2 a.m. One of the cabs hit a parked car on Elizabeth St., which in turn knocked over a parked motorcycle. The cab then mowed down the No Parking sign to which the group Visual Resistance had locked a white memorial “ghost bike” for Andrew Ross Morgan, 25, who was killed by a truck at the same spot last month while biking to work. Two patrons were reportedly sitting on a bench in front of Tom & Jerry’s bar at 288 Elizabeth St. when the smashup occurred and were nearly hit. A passenger in one of the cabs is said to have sustained a minor injury. Possibly contributing to both accidents, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is working on a subway ventilation project on Houston St. between the Bowery and Elizabeth St., which has taken a traffic lane away on either side of the major cross-town artery and caused decreased visibility in the intersection for turning traffic.

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