UPDATE: Authorities have identified the victim as a 30-year-old man from Chelsea. They have yet to publicly release his name to allow for family notification.
Ricky Prezioso, 42, of Swampscott, told police he thought he hit a pothole at the intersection of Cambridge and Spice streets while making trash pickups around 1:40 p.m. yesterday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Prezioso was arraigned today in Charlestown Municipal Court on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, because, officials say, his truck struck and killed a bicyclist.
His bail was set at $5,000, the DA's office reports, adding the judge in the case denied requests to cancel his bail on an outstanding assault and battery charge and to order him to wear a GPS device.
Prezioso was allegedly behind the wheel of a white dump truck that hit and killed a bicyclist.
After finding the truck in a recycling firm's parking lot in Revere yesterday:
Boston Police obtained the truck driver’s name and traveled to his Swampscott home. In a post-Miranda statement, he allegedly told them that he made a right off of Cambridge onto Spice and thought he hit a pothole. He allegedly stated that he exited the truck on Spice Street, inspected the truck, and proceeded to the next stop on his route. As he left that stop, he allegedly told investigators, he intended to turn right onto Spice Street to get back on Cambridge Street but was told by officers at the scene to turn left on Spice Street.
The DA's office adds investigators are still trying to learn the bicyclist's name.
The Globe reports his lawyer argued the bicyclist hit the truck, rather than the other way around, and successfully asked for Prezioso to be allowed to continue driving to support six children - three of his own and his fiancee's.