Male Cyclist Killed In Dorchester This Morning

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 14

In sad news a man was killed on his bicycle this morning, the herald reports.

State police say a 63-year-old man riding his bicycle along Morrissey Boulevard has been struck and killed by a vehicle.

Authorities say the victim was on the outbound side of the road at about 12:30 a.m. Friday when he was struck by a pickup truck.

The bicyclist was thrown from his bicycle and suffered severe injuries and was declared dead at the scene.

The pickup trucks driver, a 47-year-old man, called 911 for assistance and stayed at the scene. He was eventually taken to Boston Medical Center with minor injuries.

No names were immediately released.

The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

A sad day. My thoughts go out to his friends and family. More info when I get it. As always feel free to post details in the comments.

UPDATE:

The driver has been charged with drunk driving via DotNews:

Michael Ahern, 46, of Dorchester, is scheduled for arraignment today on charges he ran over and killed a man riding his bicycle down Morrissey Boulevard early Friday, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office reports.

Doan Bui, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene following the 12:30 a.m. crash near Malibu Beach.

According to DA Dan Conley’s office, Ahern was arrested at his Adams Corner home on Sunday after a State Police investigation. Ahern called 911 from the scene of the Morrissey Boulevard crash and remained there until police and EMTs arrived. Ahern was also transported to Boston Medical Center and released shortly thereafter.

Prosecutors will formally charge Ahern with motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger and speeding.

Ahern is a well-known building contractor who — along with his wife— recently opened a new restaurant, The Sweet Life, in Lower Mills. Ahern has also been a key partner in another popular Lower Mills eatery, The Ledge.


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9 Responses to “Male Cyclist Killed In Dorchester This Morning”

  1. By Alan Wright on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Another biking tragedy. It would be useful to know if he had lights. How can we get the Globe & herald to report this as they now do about whether helmets were worn? I have my front flea light on during the day – blinking – and my multiple back lights on if the light is dim. Now that the days are getting shorter I am seeing so many cyclists without adequate lighting.

  2. By MITgear on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Alan, I would say riding at night without proper lighting (not saying anything about this accident) is likely one of the most dangerous moves you can make as a cyclist. It is worse than running red lights or riding without a helmet wrt your safety. Should be strictly enforced. Maybe a hefty ticket that can be nullified with the purchase of a set of lights from a local bike shop.

  3. By @teeheehee on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    [UPDATE] Driver has since been arrested and is charged with motor-vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, and speeding.

  4. By matt on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    thanks teeheehee, is there a link to a news story. it is rare that a driver is actually charged. important tha this info gets out so it doesn’t turn into another blame-the-cyclist…

  5. By Paul Schimek on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Now we have a name and a face:
    Tanya Connolly, picture here:
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tanya-connolly/10/131/38b
    According to police, “She came into contact with the right side of the vehicle as it was taking a left.” From the testimony of the driver and numerous witnesses, the police should know who was at the intersection first, but they have not reported it.
    It sounds to me that this was the kind of crash that is preventable by the bicyclist by keeping a healthy distance from big trucks. Do not pull aside them when stopped at a light. (The usual case involves a truck turning right and a bicyclist turning left.) Let the truck go first if you are going in the same direction. This is all the more tragic because it is easily preventable. We need to get the word out to cyclists to stay away from trucks at intersections. So far no one has tried this, except for the remnants of a website I did in 1999.

  6. By Paul Schimek on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Here is the source of my info in the last post:
    http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20220918southie_woman_riding_bicycle_hit_killed_by_truck/

  7. By Paul Schimek on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    And here is the text I wrote in 1999, which you can still find here:
    http://massbike.org/resourcesnew/bike-skills/

    Behind or In Front, but Never Beside
    Large trucks and buses need to make wide right turns. You may be tempted to bicycle between them and the curb. Don’t. If the driver decides to turn right, there is no way he or she can see you. As the vehicle turns, its rear wheels move toward the curb, potentially catching a bicyclist unlucky enough to be in the way. Such incidents can easily be fatal.

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