Police have interviewed an individual who may be the driver of a truck that fatally struck a cyclist on Friday afternoon in Wellesley and are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward, authorities said Sunday.
Wellesley police and the Norfolk district attorney’s office said in a joint statement that officials located the vehicle and its “apparent operator” after reviewing video footage of the crash, which claimed the life of Alexander Motsenigos, a married father of a 6-year-old boy.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, additional information about the vehicle and the operator are not being released at this time,” the statement read. “The video footage confirmed that both the cyclist and the truck were traveling north on Weston Road from Central Street.”
Police also released photos of a gray four-door Volvo station wagon that was not believed to be involved in the crash, but the driver of which might have seen the crash. However, Wellesley police Lieutenant Marie Cleary said on Sunday afternoon that the Volvo’s driver had contacted police but could not provide any new information.
“We are still hoping there may be other witnesses out there that may have seen the crash and we appreciate all of the help the media is giving us with trying to encourage these potential witnesses to come forward,” Cleary wrote in an e-mail.
Motsenigos’s family echoed that sentiment in a statement, while acknowledging the support that they have received following his death.
“We are so deeply moved by the outpouring of support from friends, family, and community,” the family statement read. “We are also heartened by the swift actions of the Wellesley PD and have full confidence in their competence. We seek to grieve through celebration of Alex’s life but also through a full understanding of the events surrounding his death. Please, if you know anything that will aid the investigation, come forward.”
A spokesman for District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said his office had no additional information to release on Sunday and is continuing to investigate with police.
Motsenigos was on his bicycle when he was struck shortly before 2 p.m. Friday. The driver of the truck did not stop, according to police, and was seen traveling north on Weston Road. Motsenigos and the truck were traveling in the same direction, Cleary had said previously.
Asked if there was a chance the driver did not realize the cyclist had been struck, Cleary said: “Yes.” Authorities said Motsenigos was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. No charges have been filed.
Motsenigos was born in Greece and came to the United States in 1986, according to his family. Last month he served as best man at his younger brother’s wedding, and he and his wife, Nilanthi Motsenigos, would have celebrated their anniversary next month, his family said.
Anyone with information about the crash can contact police at 781-235-1212.