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Is the Weston Road/Linden Street Intersection Too Dangerous?

Should something be done to improve the intersection?

A on Weston Road at Linden Street yesterday when a man on a bicycle was struck and killed by a truck heading northbound.

The man, who has yet to be identified, may have been a nearby resident of the area, according to a NECN report. The driver of the truck has yet to be located by authorities.

Following the incident, there was an outpouring of discussion across a variety of social media platforms and news websites about the dangerousness of the intersection. Wellesley Patch readers named it in Wellesley in the comments section of a recent article.

The intersection features only a blinking red stop light from Linden to the turn onto Weston Road.

Does this area call for a routine traffic light? If not, should this intersection be changed in some way? Or was yesterday’s event simply an accident? Leave your opinion in the comments.

Magellan August 25, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Something was just done...a couple of years ago. The paint is hardly dry on the traffic lines. Weston Road is just dangerous...the street is narrow and people try to go too fast. I have personally witnessed other bicyclists who were hit on Weston Road.
Robert C August 25, 2012 at 03:31 PM
"Or was yesterday’s event simply an accident?" While we don't know the circumstances of this horrible crash, the driver leaving the scene is no "accident". By the way, I think the Patch is great for quickly getting local news out like this.
Henry Dormitzer August 25, 2012 at 04:44 PM
This is a dangerous intersection. I have experienced issues on my bicycle here. Northbound cars on Weston Road descending from the railroad bridge respond to the gentle right bend in the road by driving close to the right hand curb immediately north of the intersection with Linden. The curb is high, and a cyclist has no way to react to being squeezed by a northbound car because to go right is catch a pedal or wheel on the curb.
Wellesley Mom August 25, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I've lived near this intersection for over a year now and this accident was no one off. I have experienced near misses walking through this crosswalk with my family and seen even more. Drivers disregard the blinking reds (even with the recent addition of the bright white flashing bulbs to the red lights). I came home to a disturbing, tragic scene yesterday evening and all I could think was how predictable this was.
debbie August 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
That was an accident and it is a dangerous intersection , however I also believe that a lot of the time the bicyclists are at fault , how many times have you been driving and a bicyclist comes right out at you and you almost hit them ? Bicylists believe they can ride anyway they want and don't care if they cut a car off.
Patti Campbell August 25, 2012 at 08:06 PM
bicyclists must ride with traffic. they aren to allowed to ride on sidewalks so as not ot hit pedestrians.. yet if they ride with traffic cars act like they dont belong. try riding along the edge of the streets sometimes dodging debris sand glass and stormdrains. i myself am a survivor of a hit and run bicycle/car incident many years ago. the intersection may see a few drivers who dont respond to the lights. believe they have the right on red or just dont care they are in a hurry. the fact someone caused this incident and took off is just unbearable. seeing the scene on tv with the damaged bicycle..was too much for me to watch..i am glad the police responded so quickly. i hope the cameras on the traffic lights show something they can get an answer from. the family has lost a loved one..they need closure and justice. something i never recieved..lets hope al our technology and efforts find a solution to traffic areas and teach both drivers and bicyclist how ot share the road.. god bless patti
Rose Hanna August 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I was just visiting this area in Wellesley last week, and every time I was trying to turn from a side street onto Weston Road, I noted that visibility was dangerously blocked by the thick greenery along this street.This may have nothing to do with the Weston Rd./Linden St. intersection, but it is treacherous. Shouldn't the town be responsible for trimming the branches/overgrowth of greenery back? Or could the town work worth property owners to maintain visibility?
Lily Pelanne August 26, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Being on the road for almost a year now, I think that a routine light should be practiced, but not permanent..it would give the town an experiment to work with to give a solution to the problem. It is dangerous, cars usually swerve into the other lane when they see bikers or anyone in the street. Ive turned onto Weston road numerous times and noted that the visability over the hill on the left make drivers coming from the otherside unaware of what's over the bridge/hill. So maybe a sign would be beneficial.
Robert S. Cavanugh August 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM
If a Road is dangerous the problem should be fixed I hope they catch the hit and run driver and I pass on my condolances to the biclcylist family and I hope you get justice in the time of your grief of your loved one. Robert S. Edwards Town Meeting Member Precinct B Precinct B
Matt Clarke August 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Thanks, Patch, for continuing to follow up on this story, but please don't refer to hit-and-runs as accidents. Leaving the scene of a collision -- whether car on car, car on pedestrian, bike on pedestrian, etc. -- is a crime. Given the apparent nature of this collision, it's hard to believe that this driver "accidentally" "didn't notice" that he/she had run over/dragged a person to death.
Magellan August 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM
There is a law as to the legal visibility at corners. If the shrubbery is causing a lack of visibility...it is supposed to be cut back. A number of years ago there were over 20 intersections on Weston Road where the shrubbery or fences were blocking the view around the corner.
chris August 27, 2012 at 03:28 PM
What an irrelevant comment, rebutting a specific question with a, "how many times have you been..." generalization. Nothing you've said has anything to do with the discussion at hand. The fact of the matter is bicyclists often ignore traffic laws, as do drivers. Both can be distracted by their phones in the process. The difference is that drivers are operating a lethal weapon, cyclists are not, and should recognize that responsibility.

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