Investigation into August 17, 2016 Fatal Bike Collision in Lincoln Complete

For Immediate Release September 12, 2017
Contact: Press Office

LINCOLN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lincoln Chief of Police A. Kevin Kennedy have announced that the investigation into the August 17, 2016 fatal bicycle crash that occurred on Virginia Road in Lincoln has been completed. 

On August 17th at 12:52 p.m., the Lincoln Police and Fire Departments responded to a motor vehicle collision on Virginia Road.  The collision involved a Toyota Highlander and a bicyclist, who was identified as Mark Himelfarb, a 59 year old resident of Westford, MA. 

The investigation, which included a reconstruction of the collision, found that the cyclist, while riding his bicycle north on Virginia Road, crossed over the yellow centerline deviating from the marked lanes of northbound travel and encroached upon the motorist’s path of travel. The reconstruction of the scene, which included an analysis of crash debris as well as an examination of tire marks left by the bicycle indicates that the fatal collision occurred in the southbound travel lane. There is no indication that mechanical failure or the operation of another vehicle contributed to this collision.

Based on the investigation and all available evidence, no criminal charges or civil motor vehicle infractions will be filed against the operator of the Toyota Highlander.

The collision was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.  

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