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. Middletown Police 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 Middletown Fire Department. The department reported that Strickland was wearing a helmet. The accident remains under investigation.