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Bicyclist Killed In Route 6 Crash ID'd As Doctor

A doctor was killed while riding his bicycle Friday on Route 6/202 in Southeast.
A doctor was killed while riding his bicycle Friday on Route 6/202 in Southeast. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A bicyclist killed Friday on Route 6 near the Putnam/Westchester border has been identified as a 68-year-old doctor from Danbury, Conn., according to Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith.

David Eric Wellin, a well-known orthopedic surgeon, was bicycling westbound along Route 6, just east of Starr Ridge Road in Southeast at about 9:05 a.m. along the right-hand shoulder of the road and when he tried making a left turn across the roadway, when he crossed into the path of a car that was overtaking him from behind in the westbound lane of the road, said Capt. William McNamara.

The car struck the bicycle broadside and Wellin was fatally injured. He was taken by ambulance to Danbury Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, McNamara said.

The driver of the car involved in the collision has been identified as Ryan T. Smith 18, of Mahopac, who was driving alone in a 2000 Honda Civic. He was not injured in the crash, McNamara added.

The crash occurred in front of the offices of Brewster Medical Group. Two doctors from the office — Dr. Frank Kessler and his son, Dr. Matthew Kessler — rushed to aid the victim and began CPR just seconds after the crash, he added.

No charges have been filed in connection with the case. The investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing.

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