Bicyclist was killed a a couple of hours ago, a couple of blocks away from my work, right where I ride on the way in. There's still a bike lane at that that point, which merges into car traffic closer to the rotary, so I figure he either got hooked by someone coming up behind him and turning right, or got t-boned by an oncoming vehicle turning left. If there were tall vehicles lined up at that point alongside the rider, and they didn't block the intersection, left-turning traffic wouldn't see the guy at all before hitting him.
So as far as I'm concerned, I'm re-vowing to myself to take care if I don't have good visibility, but I'm also really hoping the news doesn't lose sight of the likelihood that the bicyclist's lane was clear, and he did nothing wrong or illegal -- either got killed by someone trying to beat him to the corner, or someone who didn't check all three lanes before turning across them.
(Bicyclist killed in Charlestown - News Local Massachusetts - Boston.com)
Collision occurred when truck turned right onto the side street. Unclear if the rider was hooked on the main street, or was hit while riding on the side street. Turns out I gave the driver too much credit. So he's been charged with leaving the scene of an accident after causing death.