Sam Hindy and his friend Benjamin Price were attempting to take the Manhattan Bridge bike path to Sam's home in Brooklyn. They were confused about where to enter the path, and finding the path blocked by construction, they accidentally took the ramp reserved for automobiles. Upon realizing this, they took shelter in a construction area and tried to turn around in order to leave the roadway and enter the path on the other side. Sam hit a low concrete barrier where the construction ended suddenly and was thrown 15 feet to the lower roadway of the bridge, where he was hit by a car driven by Joachim Romage. No charges were filed against the driver.
State Senator Eric Adams held a press conference the following week at the entrance to the bridge, citing the crash and calling for improved bike safety, better signage, enforcement of laws against aggressive drivers, and better street design.
Sam Hindy was a frequent bicycle commuter to his job as a computer engineer and a regular participant in Manhattan Critical Mass. T
hough he often rode between Brooklyn and Manhattan, his father, Steve Hindy, said he usually took the Brooklyn Bridge.
Sam was born in Beirut and grew up in Brooklyn. He played many sports, including hockey and golf, in addition to cycling. He set his sights on becoming a professional inline skater, even securing a sponsorship before injury derailed his dreams.
"He was a great kid [and] he had a great sense of humor," said Steve Hindy. "You couldn't have asked for a better son."
His family is asking that donations in Sam's name be made to Transportation Alternatives.
This ghostbike was hit by a car in late 2008. In February 2009, we installed a new Ghost Bike for Sam.