Police interview driver of truck involved in fatal cycling incident in Wellesley
Police have interviewed the apparent driver of a truck that fatally struck a cyclist on Friday afternoon in Wellesley and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact law enforcement, authorities said today.
Wellesley police said in a statement this morning that officials located the vehicle and its “apparent operator” after reviewing traffic camera footage of the crash, which claimed the life of Alexander Motsenigos, a married father of a 6-year-old boy.
“As this is an ongoing investigation additional information about the vehicle and the operator are not being released at this time,” the statement read. “The video footage confirmed that both the cyclist and the truck were traveling north on Weston Road from Central Street.”
Police also released photos of a gray four-door Volvo station wagon that was not involved in the crash, because the driver may have witnessed it. However, Wellesley police Lieutenant Marie Cleary said this afternoon in an email that the driver of the Volvo had contacted police but could not provide any new information.
“We are still hoping there may be other witnesses out there that may have seen the crash and we appreciate all of the help the media is giving us with trying to encourage these potential witnesses to come forward,” Cleary said.
Motsenigos’s family echoed that sentiment in a statement this afternoon, while also acknowledging the support that they have received in the aftermath of his death.
“We are so deeply moved by the outpouring of support from friends, family and community,” the family statement read. “We are also heartened by the swift actions of the Wellesley PD and have full confidence in their competence. We seek to grieve through celebration of Alex’s life but also through a full understanding of the events surrounding his death. Please, if you know anything that will aid the investigation, come forward.”
Shortly before 2 p.m. Friday, Motsenigos was on his bicycle when he was struck. The driver of the truck did not stop, police said, and was seen traveling north on Weston Road. Both Motsenigos and the truck driver were traveling side by side on the road, Wellesley police Lieutenant Marie Cleary said previously.
Asked if there was a chance the driver did not realize Motsenigos had been struck, Cleary said, “Yes.”
Police said today that authorities will release additional information when it becomes available. No charges have been filed.
Anyone with information about the crash can contact police at 781-235-1212.Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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