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Bicyclist, 21, killed in West Barnstable

A 21-year-old bicyclist died after being struck by a car on Route 132 in Barnstable Wednesday night, officials said.

The man was traveling east near Exit 6 on Route 132 at 11:09 p.m. when a vehicle “coming off the offramp . . . struck him from behind, causing him to hit the windshield and go over the roof,” said Sergeant Thomas Twomey of the Barnstable Police Department.

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The man was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, where he was pronounced dead, Twomey said. The victim’s name has not been released, pending notification of his family.

The victim was from Kazakhstan and was here on a US State Department exchange program, Twomey said. The program allows young people to “come over to work, but also learn and [be] exposed to our culture,” Twomey said.

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“It’s amazing we don’t have more of these types of accidents,” Twomey said.

Many young people come to the area from abroad, he said, and most of the time their primary mode of transportation is by bicycle.

Police have been in contact with the victim’s exchange program and the Kazakh consulate, Twomey said.

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The driver of the vehicle is not being charged at this time, Twomey said, but the accident is still under investigation. Twomey said there was “no indication of alcohol or any type of intoxication” from the driver.

Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.
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