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Bicyclist killed in Route 6 crash

EASTHAM — A bicyclist died Friday afternoon after being struck by a car on Route 6, according to Eastham fire and police officials.

At about 3 p.m., police and firefighters responded to 4250 Route 6 for the crash, according to a statement from Eastham Police Chief Ed Kulhawik.

The highway between Brackett Road and Massasoit Road was closed during the response to the accident, according to a follow-up statement from police.

Motorists at the scene provided CPR for the bicyclist until firefighters arrived, according to police.

The female bicyclist appeared to be attempting to cross the road when she collided with the car, fire Capt. Bill Piltzecker said.

A medical helicopter was requested but the estimated time of arrival — about 30 minutes — would have been too long, and the woman was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital. She died at the hospital, Piltzecker said. An Eastham police official declined to give the woman’s name Friday night.

The driver of the car — a black 2008 Nissan Versa — was uninjured, according to police. Traffic was diverted onto secondary roads for about 2½ hours during the investigation into the crash, police said.

The car was sitting in the middle of the highway pointing north in the eastbound lane with its windshield smashed in and extensive damage to its passenger side after the accident. The roof of the car was dented as well. A white bicycle was on the side of the road a short distance away.

A crime scene photographer was on the scene of the accident at about 4:30 p.m.
Wellfleet and Orleans police, the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials assisted at the scene of the accident, which is under investigation by Eastham police and the Cape Cod Law Enforcement Council Regional Crash Reconstruction Team, according to police.