CAMBRIDGE - A bicyclist was killed yesterday after she struck an opening car door on Massachusetts Avenue and was run over by a passing MBTA bus, the Cambridge Police Department said.
The woman, 36, whose identity was not released last night, was biking north near 485 Massachusetts Ave. at about 3:45 p.m. when the driver of a parked SUV opened his door, said Frank Pasquarello, spokesman for the Cambridge Police Department.
The woman tried to swerve, but hit the door and fell underneath the passing northbound bus. The bus's rear wheels ran over her, said Brian Pedro, spokesman for the MBTA. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
''I felt a little vibration, I just heard something hit the side of the bus,'' said Dan Cole, 19, of Dorchester, a passenger on the bus who said he and others did not immediately realize what happened.
At about 6 p.m., officers issued a ticket to the driver of the black SUV, who choked back tears and declined to comment or be identified. The man's lawyer, John Salsberg, arrived after the man called from the scene of the accident.
''This was a tragic accident,'' Salsberg said. ''He has not committed any crime.''
This story ran on page B3 of the Boston Globe on 7/3/2002. © Copyright 2002 Globe Newspaper Company.