A recent accident has claimed the life of a retired soccer coach in Westfield. Reports indicate the victim was riding his bicycle on Western Avenue when the car accident occurred. Massachusetts authorities are still investigating the incident. According to local officials, the retired coach was well-liked and respected as a pillar of the community and many continue to mourn his loss.
The initial investigation has shown that the victim was riding his bicycle along Western Avenue just before 2 p.m. A pickup truck was traveling eastbound when it collided with the bicyclist. Authorities say the accident occurred near Westfield State University and that area was closed to traffic while the accident was investigated.
Reportedly, the victim was transported Baystate Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries and subsequently pronounced dead. Officials report the driver of the pickup truck was not injured. Although the accident remains under investigation, investigators say no charges have been filed in connection to the accident as of this writing.
It is widely known that the roadways can be dangerous not only for motorists, but also for pedestrians and bicyclists. As we travel and share road, it is incumbent upon us all to exercise reasonable judgment and caution in the attempt to prevent a car accident and these types of tragic fatalities. While we do not yet know all the facts in this specific case, stories like this one serve as a reminder of the dangers we face as we travel. The victim's family will certainly want to ensure they know their rights under applicable Massachusetts law in the event the investigation shows the driver of the pickup was negligent in the operation of his vehicle.
Source: WGGB ABC 40, "Former Coach Killed After Being Struck by Car in Westfield," Nov. 7, 2012