Friday, July 19, 2024

A bicyclist was killed Friday after being hit by a truck at Hampshire and Portland streets in The Port neighborhood near Kendall Square in Cambridge, police said. (Update on June 24, 2024: The victim has been identified as MIT doctoral student Minh-Thi Nguyen.)

The crash came just before 8:20 a.m., with Cambridge fire and police responding. The bicyclist, a 24-year-old Cambridge woman, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where she later died. She was pronounced dead shortly before noon.

This is the second death of a bicyclist in Cambridge this month. A 55-year-old Florida woman on a Bluebike rental died after being hit by a truck at around 4:30 p.m. June 7 at Mount Auburn and DeWolfe streets, south of Harvard Square in the Riverside neighborhood.

A preliminary investigation into the Friday death suggests the truck and bicycle were traveling in the same direction on Hampshire Street when the truck took a right turn onto Portland Street, police said. After the crash, the truck driver stayed on the scene.

An investigation is underway by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Cambridge Police Department and Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, officials said.

Trucks have been involved in many bicyclist deaths in and around Cambridge, including of Matthew Barker in a parking lot in The Port near Central Square in September 2022; Cantabrigian George Clemmer being killed in a collision with a dump truck in Boston in July 2022; Darryl Willis in August 2020 by a tractor-trailer near the Harvard Square T Station; Meng Jin, 24, struck and killed November 2018 by a dump truck at Museum Way and Monsignor O’Brien Highway; and Bernard “Joe” Lavins, who was hit by a tractor-trailer in October 2016 in Porter Square.