Cyclist Murdered In Hit And Run, Police Still Looking For The Murderer

Written by Boston Biker on May 02

Rick Archer was hit around 3:30 a.m on April 30th in the Backbay, he has since died from his injuries.  The driver fled the scene.

They think they might have found the car, but are still looking for the driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (617)343-4470.  Or go here for more contact details.


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7 Responses to “Cyclist Murdered In Hit And Run, Police Still Looking For The Murderer”

  1. By DKB on May 2, 2017 | Reply

    I can’t find any info about this incident that suggests murder. Leaving the scene, certainly, but murder requires intent. The photo of the victim shows a lot of dark clothing and a bicycle that appears to lack lights or even reflectors. I’ll withhold judgment on how events transpired until there’s more info. (Unlikely, I’ll grant, with Boston Police.)

  2. By Boston Biker on May 2, 2017 | Reply

    @dkb Murder, as in to kill someone else. I don’t know what running someone down with your car and then running away is legally classified as, but it should be murder, maybe then less people would get away with it.

    This pictures was taken before the event…which should be obvious…so what the hell does the bike and clothing in the picture have to do with anything? Also its not illegal to wear black clothing or have a black bike, it is however illegal to run down with your car and then drive away.

    Your focusing on the event, and not the person, this was a real live human person, and now they are dead…that is a lot more important than what sort of clothing they had on.

  3. By DKB on May 2, 2017 | Reply

    I merely stated we know nothing about the circumstances of the collision. You seem to be sure he was “run down” by the car. I haven’t heard that anywhere else. We call it “hit and run.” I think it’s usually hit, “oh shit” and then decide to run.

    I assume the bike in the picture belonged to the victim. It doesn’t have reflectors or a taillight, either of which can help a rider be seen at 3 in the morning. If that’s the bike he was riding he didn’t do much to help himself.

  4. By Boston Biker on May 2, 2017 | Reply

    @dkb Help himself from what exactly? Is this a “she shouldn’t have worn a short skirt” argument you are making?

  5. By T on May 4, 2017 | Reply

    Victim blaming much?! Again, the picture that is posted, was before the event. You have no idea, about the lights, reflectors, what he was wearing (as if that really matters), during the incident. The hit and run (the are now calling it, vehicular homicide) driver, by now would thoroughly know what he did, it was all over the news. He should of came forward if he had any heart or conscience. Plus after hitting Rick he recklessly travelled the wrong way down a side street.

  6. By M. on May 4, 2017 | Reply

    “I merely stated we know nothing about the circumstances of the collision.”

    Per discussions the person riding with Rick that morning, the Camry didn’t so much as brake until screeching the wrong way on Berkley. They were riding side by side, slow rolling as we’d call it, when they felt a car speeding up on them. Rick then tried getting in front of the other rider to form single file and let the car pass. According to the other rider, who the car missed by inches, Rick barely had a chance to react before he was gone.

    Now, I can see how a bike in the lane on a dark road can come up on you quick (especially when you’re doing more than double the speed limit), but a *swerve* or *brake* reaction would be expected (even if the driver still subsequently fled) unless there was intent and/or heavy intoxication.

    How about instead of blaming Rick for not having a tail light, we talk about driving cars drunk and recklessly in densely populated areas? My dear friend was murdered a half hour after wishing each other a goodnight. I left figuring I’d go get some sleep and see him at work on Monday. That never came. The victim blaming going around right now is rubbing salt in a lot of peoples wounds. Please stop.

  7. By DKB on May 5, 2017 | Reply

    Actual information about what happened seems to be coming out now (slowly, of course) and it does suggest an assault by the fugitive driver; maybe even murder.

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