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Moped Rider Killed in Crash Near Bronx Zoo

Police officers and fire fighters were on hand during a fatal moped crash on Southern Boulevard near the Bronx Zoo.Photo byCitizen App

By Dan Gesslein

Bronx Voice

September 19, 2023

BRONX - A moped driver lost control and fatally struck a concrete barrier near the Bronx Zoo over the weekend, cops said.

At around midnight on September 17, 27-year-old Christopher Vatran was riding his gas powered moped on Southern Boulevard near the Bronx River Parkway when he lost control. Vatran struck a concrete barrier, was ejected and landed on the roadway.

EMS transported Vatran to Jacobi Medical Center where was pronounced deceased.

NYPD's Highway District Collision Investigation Squad determined the crash was an accident and the victim had lost control.

Investigators said Vatran was operating a 2023 Jiaju gas-powered moped eastbound on Southern Boulevard. He failed to navigate a curve in the roadway and lost control. The moped slammed into a concrete barrier on the south side of the roadway. The impact caused Vatran to be ejected from the moped and crash to the pavement.

No arrests have been made and the Highway Squad is still investigating.

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