A cyclist died after a crash with an 18-wheeler Wednesday morning.|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro1/2 A cyclist died after a crash with an 18-wheeler Wednesday morning.|Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro
Officials investigate the crash that killed a male cyclist Wednesday morning.2/2 Officials investigate the crash that killed a male cyclist Wednesday morning.
The bicyclist killed in a collision with an 18-wheeler truck Wednesday morning in Porter Square was identified asBernard Lavins, 60, of Lexington, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.
Traffic was closed on Massachusetts Avenue for hours following the crash, which occurred at 8:08 a.m., Cambridgepolice spokesman Jeremy Warnick said. The truck driver remained on scene, on Massachusetts Avenue opposite the Porter Square Shopping Center, and complied with the investigation.
Those in the area saw a gruesome scene, with the bike pinned under the front of the tractor trailer. One witness described hearing a "screech" and then seeing "pieces of something flying in the air."
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There is no report of charges at this time and the truck driver's name has not been released. The truck was adorned with decals that displayedthe name MitlitskyEggs.
That company is based in Lebanon, Connecticut. No one there could be reached for comment at this time.
Mitlitsky Eggs reported one previous crash within the last two years that was not fatal, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
This is the second time a bicyclist was killed in Cambridge this year. In June, 27-year-old Amanda Phillips was struck by a landscaping truckin Inman Square, according to NECN.
The cycling community came together Wednesday night to support each other. Signs posted throughout the area informed anyone who saw the crash or wanted to talk about it that they were welcomed to gather at Bourbon Coffee in Porter Square.
Flowers in Porter Square for cyclist killed by truck yesterday morning. pic.twitter.com/oKE2IUDriB— Dan Mauzy (@danmauzy) October 6, 2016
TheMiddlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Cambridge Police Department and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section continue to investigate the crash.