Charges unlikely in death of Mass. cyclistAP , Associated Press
Jun. 17, 2013 3:35 PM ET
HANOVER, Maine (AP) — A cyclist killed during the Trek Across Maine likely lost control and veered into a tractor-trailer that was passing his group from behind while he had one hand on his handlebar and was sipping water, Maine State Police said Monday.
It's unlikely that charges will be filed in the death of David LeClair, 23, of Watertown, Mass., based on witness accounts, a review of videotape and interviews with the truck driver, but the findings will turn over to the district attorney in the next month or so, State Police Lt. Walter Grzyb said in a statement.
A medical examiner said that LeClair died from "blunt force trauma to the head" and that there was evidence his left arm also was struck. His bicycle was not damaged in Friday's crash.
The crash just miles from the start of the 180-mile Trek Across Maine cast a pall over the annual fundraiser, which began at the Sunday River ski resort. The fatal crash happened just a few miles away in Hanover.
Witnesses reported that there was a buffer of 3 to 4 feet between LeClair and the truck as it was passing LeClair while he tried to take a sip of water from his water bottle, Grzyb said.
Grzyb said investigators concluded the tractor-trailer was driven by Michael Masse-Defresne, of Quebec, who told police he didn't realize his vehicle came into contact with anyone.
LeClair was riding with a 140-member team of Athenahealth employees. The three-day event continued after LeClair's death, with many riders wearing red arm bands in LeClair's memory.