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An incident earlier this week that might have had a worse ending thankfully did not, according to the Arlington Police Department. It occurred about 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Mass. Ave. and Water Street, Arlington Center, ending with little injury and damage and no one cited. The initial report was of a bicyclist striking a motor vehicle and was responded to by APD officers, the Arlington Fire Department and Armstrong Ambulance.

Officers spoke to the 56-year-old Natick man driving a white Toyota Avalon, who said he was westbound on Mass. Ave. in the right lane and observed a pedestrian crossing in the crosswalk at Water Street. He applied his brakes fairly hard and was able to come to a complete stop prior to the crosswalk. Just a moment later, he said, a bicycle rider rear-ended the back right of his vehicle, and the cyclist fell to the ground.

The driver stated that he immediately pulled over to the side of the road and checked on the well-being of the rider of the black Trek bicycle, a 20-year-old from Brookline, who was initially dazed but then was able to stand. The cyclist said that he was also westbound in the right lane and looking around when suddenly he noticed the van stopped in front of him and did not have enough time to react and so crashed, went over his handlebars and hit his right thigh on his handlebars, causing slight pain. 

Armstrong paramedics and Arlington Fire conducted an evaluation and stated that he had sustained no serious injuries; he then signed a patient-refusal form, as he denied needing further services. Both the van driver and cyclist received officer-contact information with the report number for this incident. The driver left, the cyclist arranged to have his mother pick him up and officers were able to clear the scene. 

The damage to the van was to the rear bumper and trunk area, according to the APD.

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This account was published Friday, June 28, 2024, based on information conveyed by Capt. Richard Flynn, spokesman for the Arlington Police Department.