Published in the May 9, 2017 edition.
WAKEFIELD — An 18-year-old bicyclist from Wakefield was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after suffering head injuries in an accident with a car yesterday afternoon on New Salem Street.
Police, Fire and Action Ambulance went to to the area of 66 New Salem St. after a caller reported the accident at about 5:15 p.m. Police said that a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan driven by a 25-year-old Somerville woman and the cyclist were traveling in the same direction on New Salem Street with the cyclist on the right side of the roadway. Police said that it appears that the cyclist was struck by the VW when he swerved his bike out into the roadway to avoid some puddles.
A police spokesman said it did not appear the victim was wearing a helmet.
The Fire Department reported that the cyclist also suffered significant cuts and scrapes but was conscious and alert when EMTs arrived.
The State Police Accident Reconstruction Team was called to the scene, but Wakefield Police said that there are currently no charges pending against the driver, although they will wait for the full report from the State Police before making a final determination on any charges.
At about 1:30 p.m., police received a report of a man sleeping in a vacant building on Bennett Street. Police located the individual and sent him on his way after offering resources, which the man refused.
A 36-year-old Wakefield woman will be summonsed to court for driving on a suspended license after police pulled over the car she was driving on Vernon Street for a defective brake light yesterday at about 6:30 p.m.
Just after 6:30 p.m., police went to the vacant Winship property on Mansion Road after a caller reported youths trespassing on the property. Police located the youths and sent them on their way.
Police checked several times overnight after reports of a homeless person sleeping in the area behind the Crystal Community Club on Preston Street. No one was found in the area.
The Fire Department responded to 16 calls yesterday, five of which were for medical aid.