A bicycle accident that Hanson police believed was caused by a hit-and-run SUV may not have involved a vehicle at all, police said Saturday.
On Thursday, Hanson police sent out a photo of a white SUV they believe was part of a hit-and-run accident involving a cyclist.
But on Saturday, after further reviewing the evidence, Hanson police reported that the white SUV was not involved in the bicycle accident and that the cyclist may have simply lost control of his bike.
Hanson Police said they responded to the crash around 5:40 p.m. Thursday. The cyclist had serious injuries and was flown to a trauma center in Burlington by medical helicopter.
The cyclist remained hospitalized on Saturday, police said.
Police said limited footage was made available to them at the time of the accident and that some footage showed the white SUV hit a mailbox and children’s playground near the scene of the accident.
After the photo of the white SUV was released, police said the driver turned himself in on Friday morning. The driver was cooperative with police, and after questioning, police determined the damage to the SUV was related to the banging of the mailbox and of the children’s playset was compatible, but not with hitting the cyclist.
Police said they also received additional video evidence from around the time of the accident, showing the SUV hit the child’s mailbox and playset at least 10 minutes before the cyclist drove past where the mailbox and playset were located .
According to the police, the cyclist was traveling with an electric bike that can reach speeds of up to 30 km/h. The cyclist was riding at high speed at the time of the accident and it now appears to police that the cyclist may have lost control of the bike and caused an accident.
“The job of law enforcement is to seek the truth in all cases. In this case, it’s an important reminder that acquitting the innocent is just as important as prosecuting the guilty,” Chief Michael Miksch said in a press release.
Police said the driver of the SUV will be summoned to Plymouth District Court at a later date for leaving the scene of the accident and causing damage to property. Her name is not published at this time.
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