CHARLTON (CBS) — A man on his bicycle was hit and killed in Charlton Friday afternoon.

Police say the crash happened at about 3:30 Friday afternoon on Route 20 in Charlton. That’s at the corner of Worcester and Southbridge Roads.

Investigators say the cyclist rode out of a side street and was attempting to cross the highway when he was hit by the 1997 Audi sedan.

Bicycle crash in Charlton. (WBZ-TV/SkyEye)

The driver of the car that struck the bicyclist, a 54-year-old man from Wilbraham, stayed on the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

The bicycle rider was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

The names of the driver and the bicyclist are not being released at this time.

  1. Trevor Frith says:

    Notwithstanding the tragedy of this crash, one must ask, would the Google car have stopped in time? What if there was a way this driver could have started the braking ¾ of a second sooner and stopped 30 – 40 feet shorter, perhaps in an even shorter distance than the Google car. There is. Sad that those in charge of driver legislation and training refuse to teach student drivers the safer (But girly!) left foot braking method and ban driving instructors from teaching the very complicated and difficult to mentally maintain especially for older drivers, inefficient(poor stopping distance) and dangerous (right foot pedal errors) right foot braking on automatic transmission cars. See DOT HS 811 597, 812 058and 812 431. NHTSA insists on calling it “pedal misapplication” and always blames the driver rather than their beloved right foot braking method. Score to date 150,000 dead, millions injured, and billions in costs. The price men both in and out of government are apparently willing to pay to maintain their systemic belief in right foot braking on automatic cars even though they have zero scientific justification. As one transportation “expert” said “That’s the way it’s always been taught”! This is not about who has the safer braking method but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods! Was it driver error or the way we taught them to brake?

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