A biker was killed on Thursday near the Sullivan Square MBTA Station in Charlestown, Massachusetts, after he was struck by what witnesses described as a white sanitation truck with black lettering. The hit-and-run accident happened at the busy intersection of Cambridge Street and Spice Street at about 1:40 pm, on Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Police later identified Ricky Prezioso of Swampscott as the driver who left the scene of the accident. Prezioso’s arraignment was sheduled to be held Friday morning in Chelsea District Court for leaving the scene of an accident after causing death. If found guilty, Prezioso could face imprisonment for 2 1/2 to 10 years and fines between $1,000 – $5,000.
In addition to the driver facing criminal responsibility, the owner of the commercial truck involved could face civil liability to the victim’s family. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Reguldations, owners of certain types of commercial trucks that are used in the course of trade or commerce must ensure that their trucks meet minimum safety standards, are inspected regularly and that their drivers have ongoing training. Any misstep by an owner of a commercial truck could trigger tremendous exposure to the owner’s business.
According to the Boston Globe, this is the first bicycle fatality of the year in Boston. There were five other bicycle deaths in Boston in 2012. There was no accurate data for bicycle deaths in 2013 according to the news report.
MassBike, an advocacy group dedicated to promoting a bicycling friendly environment and encouraging bicycling fun, fitness and transportation, supported two pieces of legislation in 2013 to increase safety for bicyclists and other “vulnerable users.” The legislation identifies vulnerable users as bicyclists, pedestrians, wheel chair users and other non-motorized road users.
Rhode Island Boy, 10, Calls Police Reporting Father Driving Drunk on Route 95, Threatens to Jump to Safety
A Rhode Island boy of 10 called State Police to report that his father was driving drunk on Route 95 South into Connecticut and that he was considering jumping out of the Mercedes Benz because he was worried they were going to crash according to stories from CBS News and Yahoo News. The 49 year old Warwick, R.I. father was driving with his 10 year old son and 12 year old daughter.
Sure enough after the desperate 911 call, the father slammed into a Jeep Cherokee in Stonington, Connecticut causing it to flip over news reports say. The driver of the Jeep was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Fortunately, the children were only treated for lacerations.
Connecticut police arrested the father after he allegedly failed a field sobriety test. At an arraignment for a variety of charges including reckless driving, operating under the influence and endangering a child, a New London judge reportedly told the father that he “behaved horribly and should feel blessed his children are safe.” The father was released on $35,000 bond posted by his parents.
In Massachusetts, if a driver is charged with operating under the influence and there is a child under 14 in the car, that driver can also be charged with child endangerment while operating under the influence. A first-time conviction of this law carries with it a fine of between $1,000-$5,000, a possible jail term of no less than 90 days and up to 2 1/2 years, and a license suspension of 1 year.
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