Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sad news about a cyclist in Newton today--from Wicked Local

Sadly, this accident happened on Commonwealth Avenue at an intersection close to my home.  I ride through this intersection almost daily.  As I rode by this morning, there was a small bouquet of flowers there to memorialize the site.

According to reports, on May 17, 2010 the cyclist was killed at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue, Lowell and Homer Streets in Newton MA.  The cyclist's death was the result of a collision with a motor vehicle at about 5:20 p.m.  Reports indicate that the cyclist was traveling eastbound on Comm Ave and the other vehicle, an SUV was crossing from Homer Street onto Lowell Street. 

There is a traffic signal here but it is unclear from the reports who had the green light.  The few bits and pieces of information that have been released are not conclusive of anything.  The name of the cyclist has not been released, but he was 21 years old.

Ironically, the accident happened within sight of City Hall, where the day before the fatal bicycle accident the annual Bike Newton Rally took place.  The purpose of the rally was to encourage bicycling.

Of course, the blame game is alrerady starting even though the facts are still unknown.  It would be nice if people would remember that this is a tragedy for the cyclist's family and wait to see what happened before chiming in with their assessment of who's at fault. 

Edit: the cyclist was Andy von Guerand of Colorado.

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