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NYC Commemorates 1 year Anniversary of the West Side Highway Terror Attack

Ang Santos

A moment of silence was held in commemoration of the lives lost when a man drove a truck onto a bike path a year ago today, killing eight people and injuring a eleven others.  

“There’s been an extraordinary sense of solidarity from New Yorkers for all of the families that lost loved ones," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.  "That day could have gone very differently.  It could have been much worse had our first responders not done their jobs so extraordinarily well, so bravely.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio applauded New Yorkers for staying brave in the face of terror.

“The people of this city responded in extraordinary fashion.  It was one of the most moving things I’ve ever seen in my life. Instead of living in fear, people came out in droves to show that they would not be moved, they would not be changed, they would not be intimidated.”

“This was an attack on our entire city,” said FDNY First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh.  “On those who live here and those who come here to work and to visit.  It was a tragic loss of life but would have been far worse without the brave members of the FDNY and NYPD who rushed in, subdued a terrorist, and worked to treat and triage the victims.

30-year-old suspect Sayfullo Saipov, indicted on terrorism and murder charges, still awaits trial.