Coors Light Truck Hits Cyclist in Cambridge
A Coors Light truck struck a bicyclist this morning in Cambridge near the corner of Massachusetts Ave. and Sidney Street. The bicyclist suffered leg injuries but no head injuries and has been taken to a nearby hospital, according to Jeremy Warnick, a spokesman for the Cambridge Police.
The incident occurred at approximately 8:21 a.m. Warnick said the department’s traffic enforcement investigation unit was investigating the scene and working to reconstruct the accident.
Warnick did not immediately have data available on the number of accidents involving cyclists that have occurred this year. According to the city’s Community Development Department, “the crash rate in Cambridge has been decreasing with the steady increase in numbers of people bicycling.”
Cambridge is often ranked as one of the more bicycle-friendly cities in the U.S. At the end of 2015, People For Bikes, a national non-profit, declared the city’s bike lane on Western Ave. to be the best new bike lane in the country.
Still, accidents happen too frequently, including a 2015 fatal collision that claimed the life of Marcia Deihl.
An hour or so after the incident this morning, the Coors Light truck was still at the corner, cordoned off by caution tape. A badly damaged bicycle frame was wedged underneath the passenger’s side of the truck. An officer on the scene said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
As noted on the Cambridge Police Department’s website, May is Bike Safety Month.