Four separate motorcycle accidents in the Boston area Monday left one dead and four others injured. The fatality, which occurred in Jamaica Plain at 9:36 a.m., was the result of a motorcycle crashing into an MBTA van. The individual, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to David Estrada, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department, the van’s driver was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the MBTA, said that the van was not carrying passengers and was stopped at the time of the collision. It reportedly was on duty as part of The Ride, which is a transportation service for disabled residents. The official cause of the motorcyclist’s death has not yet been determined.
Police have reported that the three other accidents occurred in Brookline, Chelsea and Westwood. The Brookline crash involved a Boston police officer who was injured after he lost control trying to avoid a small animal. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening. In another accident, a 58-year-old man from Peabody was driving northbound on Route 1 when he struck a minivan. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital after the accident, which had occurred at 4:35 p.m. The passengers of the minivan were uninjured.
The third accident occurred on Route 128 near the Dedham/Norwood exit. The motorcyclist, a 39-year-old man from Stoughton, was also taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious injuries.
One person killed and four injured in separate motorcycle accidents, The Boston Globe, August 21, 2012