Man arrested after crashing into a bicyclist and leaving the scene


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DARTMOUTH, MA (WLNE) – On Saturday, around 10:58 p.m., Dartmouth Police responded to the area of State Road at Cross Road for a motor vehicle crash involving a bicyclist.  

Once on the scene officers located the nineteen-year-old male bicyclist from Dartmouth near the Applebee’s Restaurant and, with the help of assistance from the Dartmouth Fire Department, was able to treat the cyclist with medical aid for non-life-threatening injuries.

The bicyclist informed the police that he had been struck from behind by a man driving a pickup truck, resulting in him to fall off of his bike.

During the time of the crash, the bicyclist had stopped at a red light at the intersection of State Road and Cross Road.

The bicyclist also noted to police that upon being struck, the male driver of the truck briefly exited his vehicle and asked him if he was “ok”.

Once the bicyclist told the driver that he was not “ok,” the driver said that he would call the police.

Police say that subsequent to this, the operator allegedly reentered his pickup truck and fled the area.

After gathering statements from eyewitnesses to the crash, police began to check the area for the truck.

Soon after police observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspects truck operating in the area State Road.

Police state that after conducting a motor vehicle stop, the driver was positively identified as Russell Nichols, 39, of West Bridgewater, MA.

While the investigation was going on, officials learned that Nichols was also responsible for crashing into the bicyclist.

Nichols was also asked to perform a field sobriety test after exhibiting signs of impairment.

As a result of the incident, as well as the corresponding investigation, Nichols was placed under arrest and charged with operating under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of a crash resulting in personal injury, operating after revocation of registration, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Police state that the bicyclist was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford to have his injuries further evaluated.      

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