PONDSIDE—A bicyclist was hit by a van driven by an unlicensed 16-year-old on the Jamaicaway Oct. 8, according to a press release issued by the Massachusetts State Police (MSP).
The bicyclist, who is in his 60s, was struck near the intersection of Jamaicaway and Jamaicaway Court, MSP spokesperson police Sgt. Matthew Murray told the Gazette. He was able to speak to police about the incident following the crash.
Murray was unable to say if the bicyclist was attempting to bike on the busy roadway or trying to cross the street.
According to the press release, issued Oct. 9, police located a white van near the scene of the accident with “recent damage, paint transfers matching the color of the bicycle [and] ripped fabric on the vehicle that matched the victim’s clothes.”
The owner of the vehicle was out of state at the time of the crash. His daughter confessed to the crime during an interview with state troopers, the press release said.
The juvenile was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, the press release said.