A bicycle accident has claimed another life in Boston, further prompting urging that the city needs to make streets more accommodating for bicyclists. The most recent fatality occurred on Sunday morning when a cyclist was struck and killed by a truck near Beacon Street and Charlesgate West.
The bicycle accident victim was a 36-year-old visiting scientist from Japan, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spokesperson. The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon when the bicyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was struck by a garbage truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said that the driver of the garbage truck didn’t stop after the accident, but they were able to track the person down. Boston police tweeted that the suspect in the case was cooperating with detectives, and it appears that the driver did not know he hit the cyclist. The identity of the driver has not yet been released.
It is likely that an investigation will follow to determine if negligence on behalf of the truck driver contributed to the accident. If so, the family of the woman who was killed could potentially have a wrongful death claim against the driver and/or the driver’s employer.
Several fatal bicycle accidents have occurred in Boston over the past couple years. Recently, the city council said that it was addressing the issue of bicycle safety and hopes to come up with a plan to make travel safer for bicyclists in the area. The number of people choosing to use bikes as a mode of transportation has increased in recent years, prompting a need for heightened safety measures.
Source: Boston Herlad, “BPD: Driver suspected in cyclist’s death “cooperating”,” Laurel J. Sweet, May 20, 2013