Police: Bicyclist dies after striking vehicle in Cranston

Kelly Sullivan | WPRI-TV

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Members of the Cranston Police Department are investigating after a man on a bicycle was reportedly hit and killed by a passing vehicle.

Officers were called to the intersection of Western Promenade and Park Avenue around 9:45 Tuesday morning. Police said the man on the bike, 18-year-old Sunkashka Soch, of Providence, came into contact with the trailer of a dump truck.

According to police, witnesses said Soch was “traveling at a high rate of speed on his bicycle as he entered the flow of traffic on Park Avenue without stopping.” Police said he crossed over the westbound lane of Park Avenue before entering the eastbound lane, where he hit the trailer. The driver of the truck immediately stopped and cooperated with police, Eyewitness News has learned.

Soch was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with severe injuries, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the crash is still being investigated – but add that it doesn’t appear Soch was distracted at the time of the crash.

Surveillance cameras at a nearby gas station captured the moments before the crash.

“The mechanic talked with the victim’s cousin,” said Naiem Sayegh, the gas station attendant. “He told me, like, it was his first time driving a bicycle he didn’t know what to do, maybe that’s why.”

Sayegh said he too got into a bike accident on the same road four years ago. Luckily he escaped with minor injuries.

Tuesday night, flowers, candles and balloons marked the spot where the crash occurred – a sad reminder of the day’s events.

“It was very sad, especially seeing the victim’s family, it was very sad,” Sayegh said.

Police said the truck driver has not been charged.

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