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Daughter of bicyclist dragged and run over by a dump-truck driver in the Fenway sues driver, company

The daughter of man dragged and then crushed by a dump truck at Massachusetts and Huntington avenues in 2022 today filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against both the driver and the New Hampshire company that owned the truck.

The July 13, 2022 crash ended the life of George Clemmer, 71. Clemmer, a Virgnia native, moved to Cambridge to attend MIT, where he earned degrees in naval architecture, electrical engineering and business. At 60, he became a bioinformatician at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he specialized in helping design asthma medications. He and his wife had four children. And he loved to walk and bicycle everywhere.

According to the suit, Clemmer died a particularly violent death when hit by a truck owned by K-Town Disposal of Salem, NH as its driver, identified only as John Doe, tried to make a right turn from Massachusetts Avenue onto Huntington:

As a result of the collision, Mr. Clemmer was dragged down Huntington Avenue, during which time he suffered grievous physical and emotional injuries. ...

After dragging Mr. Clemmer down Huntington Avenue, John Doe stopped the truck. John Doe then backed his truck up, running over Mr. Clemmer.

As a result of the truck backing up over him, Mr. Clemmer suffered further bodily injuries, which led to his death.

The suit formally charges the driver and company with negligence resulting in a wrongful death and seeks punitive damages for gross negligence.

A date for the company and its driver to respond to the lawsuit had not been set as of tonight.

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If the company had put on the side guards, this would have been prevented.


If the driver had noticed that he had just past a cyclist this wouldn't have happened.


So my drivers just completely ignore cyclists when they've overtaken them in their vehicle and then immediately turn right in front of them.

There's never an excuse. But there's especially never an excuse when the cyclist was literally just in front of a car and fully visible.


The best safety practices involve redundancy. Drivers need to practice road awareness, roads need to be designed to make such practice easier, and vehicles need to be designed with better safeguards. All of this is necessary, because at least one approach will fail from time to time.


It's as if the second a car passes a cyclist and the cyclist is out of the driver's field of vision, that the cyclist doesn't exist anymore, that the cyclist simply vanished.

I mean, really?

That is just a horrible way to die.


Separating small traffic from large traffic is a basic safety measure. I know the anti-bikers will scream and shout, but we need to accept that different types of vehicles are on the road and we should design our city to accommodate them.


I'm assuming since the driver is only known to them as "John Doe" that he was investigated and found to have been completely innocent at running over, backing up over, and killing a man on the street?

Cool. Cool.


We need presumed liability laws like they have in Europe. It is way too easy to get away with murder in an automobile.