Taunton crash leaves one cyclist dead, another injured – NBC Boston

A Massachusetts man is dead and another injured after he was struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle in Taunton Thursday afternoon.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office said late Thursday evening that 76-year-old Donald MacManus of Seekonk was struck by a Mercedes-Benz on North Walker Street around 2:25 p.m. He was taken to Morton Hospital in Taunton where he was pronounced dead.

The other cyclist, a 72-year-old man from Attleborough, suffered serious injuries to his lower extremities and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, authorities said.

The driver, a 62-year-old man from Mansfield, was charged with negligent motor vehicle homicide, according to District Attorney Thomas Quinn.

“The potential defendant is entitled to a hearing before the clerk of court. The judge will then determine whether there is probable cause to criminally charge the man,” said a news release from Quinn’s office. “As no official charges have been filed against him, his identity will not be released at this time.”

According to investigators, the driver did not appear to be drunk. He will appear in Taunton District Court at a later date.

Earlier in the evening, Taunton Mayor Shaunna O'Connell issued a statement indicating that the driver had suffered a medical incident.

“The tragic incident that occurred today is devastating for all of the families affected,” O’Connell said in the statement shared by her office. “It is believed at this time that this was an accident, possibly related to a medical condition of the driver.”

O'Connell's office referred all questions about the incident to the district attorney's office, which made no reference to possible illness in its news release.

Aerial photos of the scene of the accident on Thursday afternoon show a Mercedes-Benz with a price tag on the shattered windshield. Two bicycles were also visible.

Neighbors are at least hoping the city government will make changes to the road, which they say is too dangerous because it has curves and blind driveways. People often move much faster than the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour, it says.

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