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Police make arrest in Charlestown bicyclist hit and run

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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (WHDH) - Boston Police have arrested and charged a 41-year-old after a cyclist was hit and killed Thursday afternoon.

Late Thursday night, police located the white sanitation truck that they believe was involved in the incident.

Ricky Prezioso of Swampscott was arraigned Friday on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident in connection with the death.

According to officials, witnesses gave a description of a white garbage truck leaving the scene. Police tracked it down to a waste removal company in Revere and a GPS report put the truck at the scene.

Prezioso said that he thought he hit a pothole, got out of the truck on Spice Street, inspected the truck and the continued his route.

Assistant District Attorney Ian Leson recommended Prezioso be held on $15,000 cash bail and requested he wear a GPS device if he posts the amount. The judge imposed $5,000 cash bail and declined tracking requests.

Prezioso will return to court on May 19.

The accident occurred at 1:40 p.m. in the Sullivan Square area of Charlestown.

“I saw a vehicle coming down Cambridge Street making a right turn on to Spice Street and hit the bicycle that was coming down the street,” Alan Saluti, a witness, said.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. He has still not been identified.

The man's body was covered by a bloodied sheet much of the afternoon and a mangled bicycle lay about 10 feet away.

Other bike riders said the area can be difficult to navigate with all the traffic.

“It’s treacherous, honestly I take my life in my hands every time I ride through the square. I try to be careful, I try to respect the cars but it’s not just me on the road. There are unsafe drivers whipping through the square,” Melissa Cooke said.

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