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Dartmouth Police Department
Thursday March 22nd, 2012 :: 10:13 a.m. EDT


On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at approximately 6:00 PM, Dartmouth Police responded to the area of Samuel Barnett Boulevard and Flaherty Drive, located in the New Bedford Industrial Park complex for a motor vehicle crash involving a bicyclist.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a FedEx freight truck struck a female bicyclist, identified as Cynthia Pacheco, 58, as she and her husband rode their bicycles along Samuel Barnett Blvd.

The operator of the FedEx truck, identified as Mark Sims, 38, advised police that he was making a left turn onto Flaherty Drive, when the accident occurred. Both parties involved are New Bedford residents.

Ms. Pacheco was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, and then to Rhode Island Hospital, where she later passed away due to her injuries.

The cause of the crash is still on-going and no additional information is available at this time. Officer Peter Canuel, along with Dartmouth Accident Reconstruction Specialist, Officer Steven Canario and the Massachusetts State Police Truck Team are leading the investigation.

Please contact Det. Robert Levinson with any questions at 508-910-1755.

Dartmouth Police Department
249 Russells Mills Road
Dartmouth, MA 02748

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 508-910-1735

Samuel Barnet Blvd
Dartmouth, MA 02747

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