Anger has not subsided among Wellesley residents and the broader cycling community in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict the driver of a truck that struck and killed Wellesley resident Alex Motsenigos last summer despite damning reports from the police. (A wrongful death suit filed by the Motsenigos family is pending.)
The Boston Globe rounded up cyclists’ reactions earlier this month and published an editorial lamenting anti-cyclist bias that likely played a role in the grand jury’s decision.
This story has also reached beyond Wellesley and Massachusetts, reverberating for example in Washington, DC, where a cycling website blogger also raised questions about anti-cyclist bias.
Local journalist Jim Braude earlier this week re-examined the issue for cable TV news station NECN. His guests were a couple of cycling supporters/attorneys, who while acknowledging they weren’t privy to all the information shared with the grand jury, said the lack of an indictment must have stemmed from a lack of empathy for cyclists by the jury members.