The male cyclist who was struck by a vehicle in Lower Manhattan Monday is still in critical condition.
The incident was first reported this morning by the New York Daily News.
Today a website called Ev Grieve claimed to know the identity of the cyclist as Ray Deter, owner of dba, a restaurant on First Avenue in Manhattan.
On Deter’s business Facebook page, many friends and well wishers have sent healing messages to the cyclist.
“Much love and prayers of hope for you Ray and for your family. You are loved so much by so many. If your spirit can feel this… take it all in and heal… heal,” wrote one person.
Although a spokesperson from the police department would not confirm the identities either of the driver or the cyclist, they confirmed that the cyclist is in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital. The driver was unharmed.
Both the driver, described as a 23-year-old Southeast Asian male, and the cyclist were traveling East on Canal Street at about 5:30 P.M. when the driver struck the cyclist, according to Det. Sessa of the NYPD. No further details about the cause of the crash were available.
An accident investigation squad was summoned to the scene, and the driver’s silver Jaguar was seized as a part of the investigation.
Some time after the accident, the driver was issued a summons for possession of a small amount of marijuana which was found in the ensuing inspection of the vehicle which is part of standard procedure in critical crashes.
According to Det. Sessa, the driver did not appear to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, and no alcohol detection tests were issued at the scene. Normally, a court order is required to administer a blood test for marijuana detection, he confirmed.
Officers on the scene did not issue any violations for criminal action against the driver, who cooperated with police.
Although the information could not be confirmed, Deter appears to be the owner of dba in Manhattan, with a location also in New Orleans. The company’s website says they have “the best whisky, bourbon, tequila, and beer anywhere,”