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Bicyclist Dies After Vehicle Accident on Purgatory Road

Police have identified the victim as 42-year-old Michael Strickland of Middletown. The accident remains under investigation.

A 42-year-old Middletown man died Thursday after he was struck by a vehicle while bicycling on Purgatory Road.

 have confirmed that the victim of the accident was 42-year-old Michael Strickland of Middletown. Strickland was reportedly riding his bicycle eastbound on Purgatory Road, approaching the intersection with Tuckerman Avenue, when a vehicle operated by 51 year-old Arthur Chapman, of Portsmouth, was traveling up the hill on Purgatory.

Strickland was transported to Newport Hospital and later Rhode Island Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries that night, said the .  The department reported that Strickland was wearing a helmet. 

The accident remains under investigation.

Tom March 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Thats not a intersection,its a side street so stop sugar coating it.
Matt Moritz March 24, 2012 at 06:52 PM
mr Strickland was injured and died as a result of being struck by a vehicle while riding a bike. it is extremely unlikely that the presence of a helmet is a relevant fact, and putting the sentence into the article implies that the helmet is a mandatory talisman for protection from injury and death, which it most definitely is not. Secondly, the term should be collision in the title and body of the article. Until the police have determined that the collision and death were unavoidable, it is not an "accident".
Kenzo March 28, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Here's the real point: This was an unmitigated tragedy for everyone involved--there's way too many victims here. Can anyone say "bike path'?
Lisa Wilson June 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I agree - how many collisions, deaths, and near misses are required before a paved bike path is put in?

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