PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - A bicyclist was killed Friday on Route 6 in Southeast when he turned in front of a car, according to Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith.
The crash occurred at about 9:05 a.m. in the two westbound lanes of the highway, just east of Starr Ridge Road, according to preliminary reports from the scene, said Capt. William McNamara.
The car and bicycle were both headed westbound, with the bicycle traveling along the right-hand shoulder as the car was approaching and overtaking it from behind.
The cyclist, an unidentified Connecticut resident, apparently attempted to make a U-turn, pulling from the shoulder and moving left across the road, into the path of the car. The car struck the bicycle broadside in the left-hand lane of the road, McNamara said.
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.
A call to 911 sent Sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, paramedics and the Brewster Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps to the scene.
Paramedics continued efforts to revive the gravely injured cyclist as he was rushed by ambulance to Danbury Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, McNamara said.
The identity of the cyclist is being withheld at this time, pending notification of his next of kin. The driver of the car, whose identity is also being withheld at this time, was not injured.
U.S. Route 6 was closed to traffic in both directions from about 9:15 a.m.. until noon, as investigators reconstructed the crash and worked to clear the scene.
The investigation to determine the cause of the crash is continuing.
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