Jerome Allen was hit from behind by an SUV on Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island. The driver was not charged in his death. He was a banking administrator and a member of the Staten Island Bicycle Club.
The police at the scene blamed Jerome for the accident, despite the fact that he was hit from behind; they claimed that they were unable to find his helmet at the scene. His family told police that he was a safe biker who always wore his helmet when riding.