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Cyclist Killed On O’Brien Highway

Not much information yet, more when I get it.

CORRECTION: Victim who was struck by a pickup truck this AM on O'Brien Hwy in #Boston was a bicyclist, not a pedestrian. That victim, an adult male, has since been pronounced deceased. Lane restrictions remain in place on O'Brien Hwy for investigation. https://t.co/IgHG6h9SDg

— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) November 9, 2018

Slightly more info here

The cyclist has been identified. 

A ripple of rage went through the bike community Friday when it was learned a 24-year-old cyclist and Cambridge resident was struck and killed by a dump truck at Museum Way and Monsignor O’Brien Highway, near the Museum of Science.

The truck was reportedly trying to make a turn onto Museum Way shortly before 8:15 a.m., with the cyclist on the right waiting to make the same turn. “When both the truck and bicyclist began to make their right turn, the bicyclist was struck by a tire of the truck,” according to state police.

The bicyclist was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from injuries from the incident, police said. The crash is under investigation and police are withholding the name of the victim until next of kin is notified. Boston student media identified the victim as Meng Jin, of Shanghai, who expected a graduate degree in economics next year.

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MassBike Responds To Failure Of Grand Jury To Indict

VIA MassBike’s Website:

Black memorial RibbonEarlier this week, we learned that a grand jury decided not to indict the driver of the truck that stuck and killed bicyclist Alexander Motsenigos in Wellesley last August. We are outraged at this result, and our hearts go out to the Motsenigos family who must suffer this injustice on top of their loss. We are trying to understand how this happened, in what would appear to be a clear case of motor vehicle homicide. Here is what we know:

  • The Wellesley Police Department performed a thorough investigation beginning immediately following the crash. They interviewed witnesses, collected evidence at the scene, reviewed traffic camera video, executed a search warrant at the company that owns the truck, impounded the truck, and performed extensive forensic analysis on the truck. Police tracked down the driver and interviewed him at his home the next day, and concluded that he was not being truthful in his account of the incident. They performed a simulation of the crash using the truck, a bicycle, and an officer the same size as the driver to determine what the driver could have seen. You can read the entire report of the investigation here, but be warned that it is graphic and disturbing.
  • The police filed a variety of charges against the driver, including motor vehicle homicide. The driver was also charged for Unsafe Overtaking of a Bicyclist, a law passed as part of MassBike’s 2009 Bicyclist Safety Act.
  • Prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury, which, in December, declined to indict the driver, effectively bringing an end to the investigation. Grand juries are county-wide, and closed to public view, so we will never know who was on the jury, what evidence was presented, or what was said in jury deliberations. The grand jury would have been composed of citizens from multiple communities in Norfolk County.
  • The Motsenigos family has filed a civil lawsuit against the driver and the companies that own and operate the truck.

So what went wrong? Based on the information available to us, it appears that the police and prosecutors took this case very seriously, and performed a thorough and professional investigation. Ultimately, the decision was in the hands of the grand jury and we cannot know what was in their minds. We can and should assume that the grand jurors took their job seriously – they are constantly reminded of the gravity of their decisions. But we can assume that many of them, perhaps all of them, are not cyclists – we represent a growing, but still small proportion of the population. We can be certain that most of the jurors, probably all of them, are drivers – most people, including most bicyclists, are.

I will speculate that some, perhaps all, of the jurors put themselves in the place of the truck driver and asked themselves the question “should I face felony criminal charges if I accidentally hit a bicyclist?” And in the world as it exists today, with bicyclists forced to mix with cars and trucks on roads that were not designed to be shared, and inadequate education of both motorists and bicyclists, those jurors might have decided it would not be fair to hold the truck driver accountable. The system did not fail us, but our fellow citizens did.

This is a cultural issue, where most people still view bicyclists (if they think about us at all) as daredevils and people on the fringe of society. They do not yet see us as vulnerable individuals sharing the road, people like them who deserve greater protection and vigilance. We need to get past this cultural divide, get more rapidly to the point where bicyclists are as accepted and respected as any other person on the road. We are working on this culture shift at MassBike, and we are thinking hard about how to accelerate it. We need your help, first with your ideas, and later with your participation as we move forward.

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Massbike is a great organization, and you should support them so they can continue their work to make us all safer.

By admin on February 6, 2013 | Bike News, Fashion, Law, Safety
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No Indictment For Dana McCoomb, The Truck Driver Who Killed Cyclist Alex Motsenigos Last Year

Despite having clearly run down and killed Alex, and having the local police reccomend a whole series of charges, the grand jury has failed to indict Dana McCoomb after he killed Alex Motsenigos last year.

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The grand jury is in on last August’s fatal crash on Weston Road, and police are closing the case.

A statement from the Wellesley Police Department indicates that the case is now closed, and there are no further options to pursue criminal charges against the driver after the grand jury elected not to indict.

Police say they have spent three months investigating the crash, including a systematic reconstruction with trucking experts. Wellesley and State police, as well as the District Attorney’s office believed there was probably cause to seek charges against the driver of the 18-wheeler.

A press release from the police department indicates police and the DA had brought forth charges motor vehicle homicide, precautions for the safety of other drivers, and unsafe passing of a bicycle. Over the course of several days of testimony and reports of witnesses, however, the grand jury elected not to indict.(via)

This guy ran down Alex, killed him, and DIDN’T STOP. The police suggested charges, and yet this grand jury still failed to indict him on any charges. What the fuck…the family has filed wrongful death charges against the driver.

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Alexander Motsenigos, 41, of Wellesley was riding his bike on Weston Road August 24 when he was hit by an 18-wheel semi-tractor trailer dump truck. The truck did not stop and Motsenigos later died.

Police found the driver, 51-year-old Dana McCoomb, of East Wareham, two days later.

Wellesley police announced Monday that a Norfolk County Grand Jury refused to indict him.

 No Charges For Driver In Fatal Wellesley Bike Crash

Alex Motsenigos (Family photo)

According to the police report, McCoomb was driving the truck for his company at the time of the crash.  He told investigators he didn’t believe he had struck Motsenigos with his truck.

The family announced Monday afternoon that they have filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit against McCoomb and his employer.

“Based on the evidence gathered by police, if the truck driver had even used basic care in operating the truck that struck Alex down, the accident would have been avoided and Alex would be alive today,” Motsenigos’s family said in a statement.(via)

This is an outrage, how blatant do you have to be in killing someone before you are held accountable? Perhaps if Dana McCoomb would have shot Alex we would be seeing justice. I fail to see the difference between killing someone with a big piece of metal (a truck), or a small one(a bullet). Alex is still dead, and this is still a tragedy.

More here, and here.

No Decision On Charges In Fatal Hit And Run

Investigators have not decided yet whether to charge the driver they believe struck and killed a bicyclist in Wellesley last week.
No Decision On Charges Yet For Driver In Fatal Wellesley Bike Crash

But sources told WBZ-TV’s I-Team Monday that they are looking very closely at his history.

Alexander Motsenigos, 41, of Wellesley was riding his bike on Weston Road around 2 p.m. Friday when he was hit by a truck.

The truck did not stop and Motsenigos later died.

Police announced Sunday that they had found the truck and the person they believe was driving it at the time of the crash.

Sources told the I-Team they have interviewed the driver, described as a man between 40-and-50 years old with a commercial driver’s license.

His name has not been released, but he was driving the truck for his company at the time of the accident.

When asked why no charges have been filed at this point, sources said the case is ‘very complicated.’ (via)

What the fuck, seriously. This is not ‘very complicated’, this is plane and simple. Why hasn’t this person been charged with a crime? If I ran into the street and beat you to death with a baseball bat then ran off it would be a crime, but if I do it with a car its something you have to ponder over? If they think this is the person who killed Alex Motsenigos, they should charge them with vehicular manslaughter.

Fleeing a scene is usually considered an admission of guilt, at the very least it shows the driver wasn’t even paying attention, at the worst it indicated they know they committed a crime and wanted to flee. This is the worst fear of cyclists, that they can literally be run over and killed and the driver will not even be charged with something.