NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn woman who was struck by a bicyclist while crossing the street nearly two weeks ago succumbed to her injuries over the weekend.

Donna Sturm, 67, was left in a coma with a traumatic brain injury after being hit on April 24.

(Photo credit: Arlene Toonkel)

Police said 40-year-old Damian Deward ran a red light and plowed into Sturm on 57th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Manhattan. Deward stayed on the scene and received a summons.

Sturm worked nearby and was on her way back from lunch when she was struck.

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Her family issued a statement Sunday, saying, “Donna Sturm was a vibrant, energetic and wonderful woman who died as a result of carelessness and negligence.”

“She died because a bicyclist completely disregarded the law. She was crossing a street, in the crosswalk, with the light in her favor when she was struck. Unfortunately, she suffered horrific head injuries and, although the doctors tried their best over the last week, they were unable to save her life,” the statement continued. “Ted Panken lost his wife and his daughter lost a devoted, loving mother. Donna Sturm’s entire family is, simply put, devastated. They will never recover from this loss.”

Others who live and work in the area told CBS2 bicyclists often run the red light at that intersection. West Side worker Kenny Tello said if NYPD officers stuck around for a few days it would be a good deterrent.

“I know it’s kind of impossible with the city being so big,” Tello told CBS2’s Alice Gainer. “Once they see that the police are not joking around and they’re issuing summons.”

According to the NYPD, summonses issued to bicyclists for failing to yield so far this year are at 147. That’s already up from last year’s total of 25.

Comments (5)
  1. Nikoll Shkreli says:

    I was stopped, the first car on the right lain by the light……..I saw the women starting to cross the street and only saw the accident…I did not know if he came thru sidewalk or on my right side thru the street….she was knocked hard and the cyclist also fell .He felt bad…

    1. Nikoll Shkreli says:

      Right Line…

  2. Sandra Molé says:

    Do we need to start wearing protective gear just to walk on a sidewalk or cross a street? If the city can build these special bike lanes in the streets, they should also license the bikes and require insurance, especially for the delivery services where the majority of scofflaws can be found. If bike riders want to “play” with the grown-ups on the road, they should pay like car drivers do … and be held accountable. This was a tragic, horrific, senseless loss of a woman very much loved by her family, colleagues and friends. I encourage everyone to write to the Mayor’s office and to make sure police patrolling streets are aware that you are aware that they and everyone else needs to be vigilant.

  3. Ambrosio Rosano says:

    All bicyclists do not obey traffic rules in New York city something has to be done to crackdown on these bicyclists , Albany must do something many people have lost their lives to this.

  4. Most NYC bicyclists don’t obey traffic rules, plain and simple. There needs to be enforcement.

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