Bicyclist Killed on Route 132 in Hyannis

ER medical symbolHYANNIS – A bicyclist was killed on Route 132 last night when he was hit by a car turning onto the road from the Route 6 ramp.

Yelmur Samarkham was a 21-year-old summer worker from the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Barnstable Police Sergeant Thomas Twomey said Samarkham was leaving his job at Burger King when he was hit by the car. Police received the call at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday night.

An ambulance from West Barnstable Fire Department transported him to Cape Cod Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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The driver of the car, a 38-year-old woman from Hyannis, was also taken to the hospital for observation because she was distraught, Twomey said. Police are not yet releasing her name and she has not yet been charged.

Twomey said there was no evidence that she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

He said the police department’s accident reconstructionist, Barnstable Police Officer Brian Murray, is still investigating the accident. But, Twomey said, the woman had been on the Route 6 exit ramp and was turning onto Route 132 to drive toward Hyannis when she hit the cyclist.

Upon impact, the cyclist hit the windshield of the car before his body went over the car’s roof. Twomey said he did not know whether he was wearing a helmet.

When Samarkham was struck, he was travelling east toward Hyannis on the roadway, within five feet of the bike path on Route 132, Twomey said.

Twomey said his understanding is the driver looked left before turning but did not see the cyclist.

Twomey said yesterday police notified the Kazakhstan Consulate and the exchange program, Interchange, that brought him to this country in an attempt to notify his next of kin.