With record-breaking temperatures yesterday, Massachusetts residents poured outside to enjoy the sunshine and summer temperatures. Walkers, runners, bicyclists, rollerbladers, picnickers, and beach-goers (including kids playing hooky from school) were seen in droves. Unfortunately, the day did not end as gloriously for all.
According to news reports, on Wednesday evening around 6pm, 58-year-old Cynthia Pacheco of New Bedford was hit and killed by a FedEx freight truck in New Bedford Industrial Park. The FexEx truck was making a left-hand turn when it hit her. The incident is still being investigated. Police could not confirm whether or not Pacheco was wearing a helmet.
With virtually no protection against guardrails, trees, fences, cars, and trucks, bicyclists can suffer minor injuries like bumps and bruises to serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries and even fatalities. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident in Massachusetts, you should contact an experienced MA bicycle accident attorney to determine whether you may be able to financially recover.
Bicyclist killed in New Bedford Industrial Park, Boston.com, March 22, 2012