HANSON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — What was believed to be a hit-and-run involving a bicyclist has turned out not to be one at all, the Hanson Police Department said on Saturday.
Police say officers responded to a reported hit-and-run Thursday evening, finding that a cyclist had sustained serious injuries. Officials transported the victim on a medical helicopter to a Burlington trauma center, where he remains for treatment as of Saturday morning.
Hanson Police say they were provided limited footage at the time of the incident that showed a white SUV hitting a mailbox and child's play set on the side of the road. That video was then put on local media, and when the driver saw their vehicle on the news, they came to the Hanson Police Station Friday morning, police said.
Officials say the driver was cooperative and interviewed with police, and after examinations of the SUV, police determined that the vehicle had not been involved with the bicycle crash. Additional video also showed that the mailbox hit-and-run happened just ten to thirteen minutes before the bicyclist crashed. The HPD says dashcam footage shows the bicyclist traveling on an electric bicycle, something that's capable of reaching speeds as high as 30 miles per hour.
Police say that it appears the bicyclist lost control and crashed.
“Law enforcement’s job is to seek the truth in all instances. In this case it is an important reminder that it is just as important to clear the innocent as it is to charge the guilty,” Hanson Police Chief Michael Miksch said.
Officials say the driver of the SUV, who remains anonymous, will be summoned to Plymouth District Court for leaving the scene of an accident that caused property damage.