Possible hit-and-run in Fenway kills cyclist; 2 women hit in South Boston in serious condition

A possible hit-and-run incident killed a cyclist in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston Sunday afternoon, police said.

The cyclist, a woman in her early 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene near the intersection of Beacon Street and Charlesgate West, Boston Police Officer James Kenneally said.

Boston Police Officer Katherine Shea said that the victim was struck by a truck at about 3:30 p.m. and that the truck drove away. Shea said police had spoken to several witnesses.

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Sunday evening, Kenneally declined to describe the incident as a hit-and-run and said the cause remains under investigation. Police did not provide further details.

The deadly incident came just four days after Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced a pledge to cut the cyclist crash injury rate by 50 percent by 2020. The goal was set as city officials unveiled a number of changes and recommendations to improve bike safety in the city, prompted by a city-commissioned study that researched data on past bicycle collisions.

A separate collision in South Boston left two pedestrians in serious condition after they were hit by a vehicle, according to Shea.

The women were struck near 1 Seaport Lane at about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, she said.

No charges had been filed as of late Sunday afternoon, police said.

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