Wellesley police reviewing traffic in area near fatal bicycle crash
Wellesley police are conducting a review of traffic enforcement in the area of Weston Road and Linden Street after a bicyclist was killed there in a hit-and-run crash Friday afternoon, police said Monday.
The review will allow police to answer questions about past traffic issues, both in that area and throughout town, and help determine where officers should focus future traffic patrols, said Lieutenant Marie Cleary, a department spokeswoman.
Alexander Motsenigos, 41, was struck and killed on Weston Road by a truck that did not stop, according to police.
Police have since located the truck and the apparent driver, Cleary said, but no charges have been filed.
“We haven’t finished evaluating all of the data, but Weston Road is one of the areas that we have, this year and recent years, done a significant amount of enforcement, specifically at that intersection,” said Cleary said. “Any time we have a significant accident that occurs, we look at the data.”
In addition to reviewing traffic enforcement, the department will examine whether there are steps, such as adding more signs, that could improve safety.
Bicycle safety has not been a big issue in Wellesley, Cleary said. The town does not have bicycle lanes, she said, but most motorists are used to sharing the road.
“Most of the crashes that occurred in town have been minor,” she said. “We’ve been fortunate that we haven’t had a lot of injuries sustained.”
Motsenigos was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, she said. Police encourage all cyclists to wear helmets and obey the same rules of the road that cars do. Drivers, she said, should be aware of their surroundings and keep an eye out for cyclists.
A funeral will be held for Motsenigos Friday at Taxiarchae Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Faggas Funeral Home on Auburn Street in Watertown, according to a notice on the funeral home’s website.
Anyone with information about the crash can contact police at 781-235-1212.
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