Cyclist Killed By Hit And Run In Charlestown

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 04

Our sincerest thoughts go out to his family.

It seems they have found the garbage truck driver they think was involved in the crash. And charged them.

Update: Police have charged the driver of a sanitation truck who allegedly killed a cyclist and left the scene of the accident Thursday in Charlestown.

Ricky Prezioso, 41, of Swampscott, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident after causing death.(via)

From the BPD

At about 1:40pm, on Thursday, April 3, 2014, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a call for a pedestrian struck in the area of Cambridge & Spice Streets in Charlestown. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from what appeared to be life threatening injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking for the public’s help in an effort to locate and identify a vehicle seen leaving the area shortly after the accident. The vehicle in question is described as a sanitation truck, white in color with black lettering.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

Charlestown has a history of being less than amenable to cycling safety improvements. And this horrible tragedy comes on the same day that the MassBike and WalkBoston are introducing a cyclist/pedestrian safety bill.

I am deeply saddened that one of our own has been killed. More information when I get it.

EDIT:

Some pictures from the scene, does anyone know this bicycle?

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EDIT: Warning this might make you hate all humanity.

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The Swampscott garbage truck driver who fatally struck a bicyclist in Charlestown allegedly told Boston police that he did not know he had struck someone with his vehicle, and completed his trash pickup a few feet from where the bicyclists crumpled body was found.

The name of the bicyclist has not been released.

Ricky Prezioso, 41, today pleaded not guilty to one count of leaving the scene of an accident after causing death in Charlestown Municipal Court where bail was set at $5,000 cash and Judge Lawrence McCormick refused to ban him from driving.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. His crumpled bike was found by police on Spice Street close to the Cambridge Street intersection; his body was about 10 feet further down Spice Street and remained there for several hours while police collected forensic information.

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Prezioso’s attorney, William Cintolo, said that his client was not responsible for the fatal incident.

“Instead of the truck hitting the bike, the bike hit the truck,’’ Cintolo said. “There is not one scintilla of evidence that there was anything negligent about his operation.”

Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Ian Leson asked for $15,000 cash bail and that Prezioso be held without bail for an assault and battery case in Woburn District Court from last year.

Leson also asked the judge to suspend Prezioso’s right to drive.

But Cintolo told the judge that Prezioso supports his three children who live in Everett, as well as his fiance’s three children who live in Swampscott.

McCormick said he was convinced by Cintolo’s argument that Prezioso should be allowed to continue to earn a living behind the wheel.

“If he’s dependent upon his position to keep six children fed and clothed, I don’t find it necessary to prevent him from doing that,’’ the judge said from the bench.

You can read the rest here…its pretty depressing. Like they say, if you want to murder someone wait until they get onto a bicycle.

EDIT:
A better picture of the bike, anyone know who this is?

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EDIT:
UHub is reporting that the victim was a 30 yar old man from Chelsea, but his name has not been released yet.

EDIT:
UHub is reporting that the victim was Owen McGrory, 30, of Chelsea.


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9 Responses to “Cyclist Killed By Hit And Run In Charlestown”

  1. By Chris on Apr 4, 2014 | Reply

    They only partially charged him – with leaving the scene.

    *ANY* time there is a death, there should be a charge of manslaughter. Doesn’t matter the circumstances involved, there should be a mandatory, minimum charge. If there are extenuating circumstances, leave that up to the judge/jury to decide.

  2. By Winnie on Apr 4, 2014 | Reply

    sounds as if he should stop making babies, and his fiancee should support her own damn kids.

  3. By Mike on Apr 5, 2014 | Reply

    Chris,

    An automatic manslaughter charge??? So if a cyclist does drive into the side of a truck in the process of making a turn, the truck must be charged with a felony? That’s ridiculous. Each accident has its own circumstances. None of no the facts of this one. I have been driving sanitation trucks in Boston for a decade and have had a few close calls myself. I can tell you that it is plausible that the driver in this case had no idea he struck anything. The whole situation is so tragic. I have feel awful for both the driver and victim. Drivers and cyclists must all have their heads on a swivel.

  4. By Daisy on Apr 5, 2014 | Reply

    “The bike ran into the truck” is a common argument made when a truck or car right-hooks a cyclist. Because the vehicle turns into the cyclists path, it appears that the cyclist hit the vehicle. Luckily we have a strong right-hook law in Massachusetts, so there is at least a chance that the argument won’t hold.

  5. By DKB on Apr 6, 2014 | Reply

    The photos suggest nothing about how this accident might have occurred. It’s not hard to believe that the driver of a massive, shaking garbage truck might not see, hear, or feel a collision with a bike rider. I’ll wait until there is some evidence (not just about the driver’s domestic situation) before I pass judgment.

  6. By Chris on Apr 9, 2014 | Reply

    Mike,

    Yes, automatic charge. That’s the way it is in New York.

    Note, I didn’t say automatically guilty. What an automatic charge does is to take the decision to lay charges out of the hands of the police, and out of the hands of the low-level attorney. Both sides get to have a fair trial in a court of law.

    Ideally such a law would never be used; in reality there are sadly more than a few traffic deaths each year. However, something as gruesome and awful as a death in traffic should at least have a hearing in a court of law.

    And: the fact that the driver “had no idea he struck anything” does not at all mean that he is not guilty.

  7. By MaryF on Apr 10, 2014 | Reply

    The fact that he got out of the vehicle “to check it” after he struck the bicyclist and yet got back in his vehicle and continued his pick up is disturbing to me. He knew he had his someone/something. he should have had the decency to do the right thing. Instead, he left that poor young man on the street to die. He’s someone’s husband, someone’s son, someone’s brothers, someone’s uncle, someone’s whole world. And he was left there to die like he was a piece of garbage.
    Makes me sick.

  8. By Rebecca on Apr 11, 2014 | Reply

    And does anyone know if the city is examining and improving that intersection right now to prevent another crash and fatality from occurring there?

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