By Alan Burke
---- — SWAMPSCOTT — The Swampscott truck driver arrested in the hit-and-run death on Thursday of a bicyclist in Boston has told police he didn’t realize he had hit anyone.
After Boston police detectives told him he had the right to keep silent, Ricky Prezioso, 41, told them that he thought he hit a pothole as he turned right off Cambridge Street and onto Spice Street in Charlestown. He said he even got out to check for damage before moving on to his next stop. After making a pickup on Spice Street, he said he was directed by police to the left and away from the scene of the accident.
“Witness reports suggest the truck and cycle came into contact as the truck turned right from Cambridge Street onto Spice Street,” according a press release from Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley. Witnesses said the driver did not stop.
Prezioso was arrested yesterday morning and charged with leaving the scene of the accident, according to the press release. He pleaded not guilty, according to the Associated Press. Defense lawyer William Cintolo argued that the bike rider had initiated the contact. After bail was set at $5,000, Prezioso was released.
As of yesterday afternoon officials were unable to identify the adult male bicyclist, who was struck at approximately 1:40 p.m. on Thursday some blocks from the Bunker Hill Monument.
Boston police relied on the descriptions of witnesses in tracing the white garbage truck to the parking lot of a waste removal business in Revere. The truck was seized in order to have it examined for forensic evidence. GPS determined that the vehicle had been in the area of Spice Street at the time of the collision. The management of the business confirmed that this vicinity was part of Prezioso’s route.
That led police to Prezioso’s Swampscott home.
In Charlestown District Court yesterday Assistant District Attorney Ian Leson recommended holding Prezioso on $15,000 cash bail. He also asked that he be required to wear a GPS device if he makes bail. Further, he asked that bail be revoked in an open Woburn case charging assault and battery.
Instead, Judge Lawrence McCormick imposed the $5,000 cash bail. Prezioso is expected to return to court on May 19.