Boston Cyclist Killed in Hit and Run

MassBike Grieves Loss of Rick Archer, 29, Victim of Boston Hit-and-Run
Boston Police, Media Lauded for Giving Tragic Crash Due Priority and Attention

BOSTON (May 2, 2017) - The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition is saddened by the news of the death of Rick Archer, 29. Archer was struck early Sunday morning by a hit-and-run driver.

Archer is the fourth Massachusetts bicyclist to die in 2017.

“First and foremost we want to offer condolences to the friends and family of this young man. We cannot begin to fathom the depths of this sudden and unspeakable tragedy,” said Richard Fries, executive director.

“We must also praise the Boston Police Department and the local media for giving this crash the attention and priority such a horrifying act warrants,” added Fries, noting the vehicle suspected of striking and killing Archer had been located in a nearby parking garage early Tuesday morning. “This tip came as a result of the media attention given this fatal collision. This tip came as result of the communal sense of anger over a horrifying criminal act.”

Archer had worked as a bicycle courier for Fly Over the City, a small courier firm, for more than three years. He had earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Affairs from Suffolk University. Archer had spent his first year living in Madrid, becoming fluent in Spanish. He had also spent considerable time working construction. Archer had grown increasingly involved in sustainable development and humanitarian affairs.

Witnesses reported that Archer and a companion were riding eastbound on Commonwealth Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Unconfirmed reports indicate Archer was reportedly attempting to cross lanes towards the bike lane when he was struck by a speeding late model Toyota Camry. Witnesses reported the driver, who had the car at a rate of speed estimated at 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, never touched the brakes.

Media reports indicate the impact threw Archer airborne into a parked Mini Cooper. Additional reports were the assailant’s vehicle may have driven over the victim.

The driver reportedly continued one block and made an illegal right turn onto Berkeley Street, heading the wrong way down that one-way street.

“We cannot fathom the self-absorbed mentality of such a driver,” noted Fries. MassBike is eager to learn whether Boston Police and other law enforcement agencies will locate and arrest this driver.

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  • commented 2017-05-02 18:24:41 -0400
    Nice piece Richard. It is very noble and thoughtful of you to make sure you express condolences to this poor man’s family and honor him inthe fashion you did. It is truly a terrible negligent tragedy. Thanks for all the support you give to bicyclists everywhere and for being so proactive in the safety of all! In sadness, Kathy Petze.

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