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Wellesley police say cyclist was struck by 18-wheel truck; seek witnesses to fatal crash

Posted by Leslie Anderson  August 29, 2012 09:34 AM

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Wellesley police are trying to identify three vehicles whose drivers or passengers may have witnessed a hit-and-run crash involving an 18-wheel truck that killed a bicyclist on Weston Road last Friday.

“After reviewing video footage from area traffic cameras the vehicle has been identified and located and the apparent operator of the vehicle involved has also been identified and interviewed,” police said in a statement Monday night. “The vehicle is an 18-wheel dump trailer.”

Alexander Motsenigos, 41, was hit and killed while riding his bike on Weston Road near the intersection of Linden Street at around 1:58 p.m. Police have not released the name of the truck driver, and no charges have been filed.

Police said video footage confirmed that both the cyclist and the truck were traveling north on Weston Road from Central Street. The footage also shows three other vehicles that drove through the area around the time of the crash. Police said none of the vehicles are believed to have been involved in the crash.

“We are urging the individuals who were operating these vehicles or any passengers in these vehicles to contact the Wellesley Police Department at 781-235-1212.”

The first possible witness vehicle police are trying to identify is a black four-door sedan which was at the intersection of Linden Street at Weston Road at about 1:56 p.m. This vehicle is believed to have been the second car in line that took a left onto the Weston Road bridge and then a right onto Central Street. This vehicle was behind a grey Volvo which has already been identified.

The second possible witness vehicle is a brown or grey large SUV with a roof rack and sun or moon roof. It is possibly a Toyota. This vehicle is believed to have been driving south on Weston Road near the intersection of Linden Street at the time of the crash. The vehicle then took a left onto Linden Street and continued down Linden Street through the Crest Road intersection.

The third possible witness vehicle is a small dark colored two door sedan or coupe which was travelling directly behind the large SUV and is believed to have been driving south on Weston Road near the intersection of Linden Street at the time of the crash. The vehicle then took a left onto Linden Street and continued down Linden Street through the Crest Road intersection.

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