The driver of a vehicle that struck and seriously injured a bicyclist Monday in Newton Centre has been identified by police as a 40-year-old Natick woman.
The woman, whose name was not released by police, was cited for leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury and failing to yield at an intersection, Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker said.
The driver and the bicyclist, a 55-year-old man Brookline man, were approaching the intersection of Beacon Street and Grant Avenue from opposite directions when the collision occurred, Apotheker said.
According to police, the bicyclist was heading west on Beacon Street at 6:45 a.m., while the driver was going east and turning north onto Grant Avenue. The driver failed to yield to the bicyclist when approaching the turn, police said.
An off-duty Watertown police officer determined that the driver had fled the scene.
Meanwhile, the driver went to the Boston College Police Department and stated that she had felt a branch strike her car, according to police. In reality, she had struck the 55-year-old bicyclist, and police determined that there were no overhanging trees at the intersection, Apotheker said.
The vehicle, a Honda, had a caved in and shattered windshield, and damage to its right front fender and hood.
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