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Man killed by deliveryman riding bicycle on sidewalk

November 20, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ A bicycle courier struck and killed a man on a Manhattan sidewalk, an accident that has leaders calling for stricter laws on the delivery business.

Arthur Kaye, 68, of Fort Lee, N.J., was leaving a restaurant on the Upper West Side when he was knocked off his feet Tuesday night by a bicycle deliveryman for a chicken restaurant, said Detective Robert Samuel.

Kaye’s head struck the sidewalk, and he died an hour later at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Courier Eduardo Delossantos, 24, was given a summons for not having identification, which carries a fine but no jail time.

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Wednesday ordered police to step up enforcement of traffic rules for bicyclists. Councilman Andrew Eristoff said businesses should be held liable for their workers.

Leaders in Boston also are seeking stricter rules for bicycle couriers. A businessman in the city was knocked down by a courier Oct. 30. He spent time in a coma, but was upgraded to stable condition this week.

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