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Wellesley police reviewing traffic history on Weston Road after bicyclist's death

Posted by Evan Allen  August 27, 2012 12:42 PM

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Wellesley Police are conducting a review of traffic enforcement in the area of Weston Road and Linden Street after a bicyclist was killed there in a hit-and-run crash Friday afternoon.

“We haven’t finished evaluating all of the data, but Weston Road is one of the areas that we have, this year and recent years, done a significant amount of enforcement, specifically at that intersection,” said Lieutenant Marie Cleary, spokesperson for the Wellesley Police. “Any time we have a significant accident that occurs, we look at the data.”

The review is standard, she said, and will allow police to answer questions from the public and the media about the history of traffic issues on Weston Road and throughout Wellesley. It will help determine where officers should be focusing their traffic patrols in the future, she said.

On Friday afternoon, 41-year-old Alexander Motsenigos was hit and killed while riding his bike on Weston Road. The truck that allegedly hit him did not stop.

Police have since located the truck and the driver, though according to Cleary, they have not yet filed any charges. The investigation is ongoing.

Cleary said that the department regularly evaluates its traffic patrols using crash data. Information about Weston Road and Linden Street, specifically, will be available sometime later this week, she said.

Bicycle safety has not been a big issue in Wellesley, said Cleary. The town does not have bicycle lanes, she said, but most motorists are used to sharing the road.

“Most of the crashes that occurred in town have been minor,” she said. “We’ve been fortunate that we haven’t had a lot of injuries sustained.”

Motsenigos was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, she said. Police encourage all cyclists to wear helmets and obey the same rules of the road that cars do. Drivers, she said, should be aware of their surroundings and keep an eye out for cyclists.

A funeral will be held for Motsenigos on Friday, Aug. 31 at Taxiarchae Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown. Visitation hours will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Faggas Funeral Home on Auburn Street in Watertown.

For more details, or to write a condolence message, go here.

Anyone with information about the crash can contact police at 781-235-1212.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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