The 71-year-old manager of a Chinese dim sum restaurant on the Upper West Side has died after he was hit by an electric bike rider earlier this month, according to police and a former coworker.
Hing Chung, who managed the Jing Fong outpost on Amsterdam Avenue and 78th Street, was struck outside the restaurant on April 17th. Police said on Thursday that Chung stepped between two cars into the protected bike lane, where he was hit by a 39-year-old cyclist traveling north.
He suffered head and arm injuries in the crash, and was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital on Sunday, police said.
Chung was beloved by employees and Jing Fong regulars, according to Calvin Ho, an assistant manager at the restaurant.
“He’s very friendly. He made jokes with employees,” Ho told Gothamist. “All the customers love him a lot.”
The co-worker said Chung had immigrated to New York City from Hong Kong more than three decades earlier. He lived in Bensonhurst and had one son.
The e-bike rider remained at the scene and was not charged.
Since 2014, three pedestrians have been killed by individuals using e-bikes or e-scooters, according to the Department of Transportation.
By comparison, at least 40 pedestrians have been killed by motorists since the start of 2021.
This story has been updated.