The Associated Press

Boston Bicyclist Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver

BOSTON — A garbage truck driver has pleaded not guilty to fleeing the scene of an accident that killed a 30-year-old Chelsea man riding a bicycle.

Ricky Prezioso of Swampscott was granted $5,000 bail at his arraignment Friday on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident in connection with the death on Thursday.

Prosecutors sought $15,000 bail and GPS monitoring should he make bail, but a judge denied the higher amount and the monitoring request.

The 41-year-old Prezioso told police he thought he struck a pothole. His lawyer says the cyclist initiated the contact.

The district attorney’s office released the man’s age and hometown Friday evening but is withholding his name until relatives are notified.

The man was struck at about 1:30 p.m. at Cambridge and Spice streets, near Sullivan Square in Charlestown.

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  • http://www.mymassachusettsdefenselawyer.com/ Matson Law

    Terrible story, and very serious charges. But it is plausible to imagine that the garbage truck driver really didn’t know it had happened. Those things are loud and bumpy, with big blind spots.

    But awful no matter what happened.

  • Lawrence

    In the middle of the day? Can’t understand how he could mistake killing someone on a bike, with going over a pothole. But, then again anything is possible.

  • Forest Black

    Fears of liberty and responsibility arise as a natural reaction to the effort and self-discipline required to succeed in a free country.

  • Bennett

    If the driver didn’t see the bike, how could he know that the bike initiated the contact?

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