A cyclist who was fatally struck by a motorbike rider in Brooklyn on Saturday has been identified as a nurse who was heading home from work at a nearby hospital, according to cops and a friend.
Clara Kang, 31 — who had just left work at NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn — was cycling east on 56th Street in Sunset Park around 7:30 a.m. Saturday when she was struck by a motorcyclist heading north on Third Avenue, cops said.
Both Kang and the motorcyclist — a 29-year-old man on a black and white 2018 Suzuki GSZ-R — were hurled from their rides and onto the street, police said.
EMS rushed Kang back to the same hospital where she had just wrapped up her shift — but she did not survive, authorities said.
The motorcyclist was also taken to that hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.
Kang worked on the front lines during the coronavirus crisis and was also known for her caring character outside of the workplace, friend Elaine Lee posted on a GoFundMe page.
“She had the biggest heart and lived her life to care for others; not just in her work but in her personal life as well,” Lee wrote. “She was that friend who would reach out when you’re feeling down or sick to make sure you’re doing okay.”
“When my mom was really sick, Clara called me frequently to check up on how she was doing,” Lee added. “That’s just who she was, always making an effort to be there in times of need.”
Kang also had “the most positive spirit that drew people in” as well as a passion for travel, Lee said.
The motorcyclist is not facing any charges.