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Two Killed in Unrelated Bicycle Accidents Last Week

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Two bicyclists, one 34-year-old Indianapolis man and one 15-year-old Fort Wayne boy, were struck and killed in unrelated bicycle-car accidents last week.A 34-year-old Indianapolis man was struck by a dump truck in the early afternoon on Nov. 7. A Southside resident, the man was pronounced dead at the intersection of Banta Road and Madison Avenue shortly after 12:30 p.m., police said.

The driver of the dump truck stated that he stopped for a red light while traveling westbound on Banta. After waiting for Madison Avenue traffic to pass, he turned right onto northbound Madison, making a wide right turn to the far left lane due to the truck’s turning radius, he told the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

The driver noted that he felt the truck run over what he thought was a trash bag. After stopping, he noticed a man’s body lying next to a bicycle.

A witness to the incident told Indianapolis police that he saw the bicyclist traveling south on a sidewalk on Madison. After a second glance, the witness saw the truck going over something due to the way the truck lifted. The Indy Star recently reported that the accident is still under investigation.

Only a few days later, on Nov. 12, a 15-year-old bicyclist died after being struck by a car as he tried to cross a North Clinton Street in Fort Wayne.

The Journal Gazette reported that a physician on the scene performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the boy before paramedics arrived to rush him to a hospital. He died after he entered the emergency room.

A police spokeswoman stated that the boy and his two friends tried to cross the street before 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening. The two others made it across safely right before the boy was hit by a Cadillac.

This accident, too, remains under investigation.

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