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Wellesley Police still investigating fatal August crash, investigation slowed by lack of direct eyewitnesses

Posted by Evan Allen  October 1, 2012 11:50 AM

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Alexander Motsenigos, a Wellesley resident and the father of a 6-year-old boy, was struck near the intersection of Weston Road and Linden Street in August

Wellesley Police said Monday they are still investigating the fatal Aug. 24 crash that killed a Wellesley cyclist and father. No charges have been filed.

The investigation is moving slowly and methodically, in part, said Wellesley Police Lieutenant Marie Cleary, because none of the witnesses police have spoken to witnessed the point of impact between the cyclist and the truck, though some witnesses saw other parts of the crash.

Alexander Motsenigos, 41, was riding his bike on Weston Road near the intersection of Linden Street in the early afternoon when he was hit and killed, allegedly by the driver of an 18-wheel truck. Motsenigos was wearing a helmet, according to police.

Police have not named the driver who allegedly struck Motsenigos.

“It’s a very complicated crash to investigate, and unfortunately the traffic cameras did see them headed in the same direction, but did not capture the crash itself,” Cleary said. “We do not have witnesses that we’ve spoken with who saw the actual collision.”

Cleary said that she understood that to some people, the investigation may seem to be dragging. But reconstruction is not simple, she said. It relies on physics and a careful examination of evidence, some of which has been submitted to the lab for analysis, she said.

“We believe in doing things extremely thoroughly to ensure that it’s done correctly,” she said. “We don’t want, if and when we are able to file any charges, and it goes forth to court, to have any things that might come back that officers weren’t aware of at the time.”

Police have declined to speculate about whether its possible that the truck driver did not realize that the truck had hit Motsenigos. The driver did not stop after the crash, according to police.

Cleary said that there is no concrete timeline for when the investigation will be complete.

“It’s ongoing, and they’re actively working on it daily,” she said. “It is a high priority for us.”

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

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