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Bicyclist dies after falling in traffic

By Amanda Cedrone
Globe Correspondent / June 3, 2012
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Officials are investigating the involvement of an MBTA bus in a Friday night accident on Huntington Avenue in Boston that killed a woman after she fell from her bicycle into traffic.

The unidentified victim was in her late 20s, said Officer James Kenneally, a Boston Police spokesman. No charges were brought as of Saturday evening.

Emergency response officials arrived around 10:25 p.m. on the outbound side of Huntington Avenue at its intersection with Forsyth Street, Joe Pesaturo, a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokesman, said in an e-mail Saturday.

“The preliminary investigation is focused on an MBTA Route 39 bus that was in the area of the accident at the time the 911 call was received,” Pesaturo said.

He would not comment on whether the bus driver was aware of any involvement in the accident.

Police questioned the driver, he said.

“Like others, he was interviewed by police,” Pesaturo said.

Pesaturo did not identify the bus driver but said he was 45, has been with the T for almost six years, and has a good record.

The accident occurred as Huntington Avenue bisects the Northeastern University campus, but the victim had no relation to the school, said Renata Nyul, a spokeswoman for Northeastern.

Boston police could not say whether the victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

At the site of the accident Saturday, Eric Hui, a graduate student at Northeastern University, said he often sees erratic driving in the area.

“I’ve seen a lot of aggressive drivers there,” he said. “People get impatient.”

A bicyclist was killed at the same intersection — which has no bike lane — in April 2007. Gordon Riker, 22, died when he slid under the rear wheels of a dump truck after a taxi clipped the back of his bike.

Eric Michael Hunt, 22, of Mission Hill, was killed in April 2010 in a collision with an MBTA bus on Huntington Avenue near where it bends to become South Huntington Avenue.

Joe McKown said he rides his bike from Needham to the Back Bay regularly. Although the city has become more bike-friendly, he said, distracted drivers remain a danger.

“I’ve been knocked off my bike three times [by cars],” he said. “One of those ended with a trip to the hospital.”

Others say bicycles are also sometimes to blame.

“Bicycles need to be more regulated,” said a man at the scene who declined to give his name. “They are a vehicle.”

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