WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal Thursday morning crash involving a bicyclist and a dump truck.
Police say at approximately 7:57 a.m. Thursday, they received multiple 911 calls reporting a bicyclist being hit by a dump truck in front of 6721 Shawnee Road in Wheatfield. Preliminary investigation shows that the bicyclist entered the roadway and was hit while the dump truck was traveling northbound on Shawnee Road.
The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later identified as Wheatfield resident David Meisenburg.
North Tonawanda Mayor Austin Tylec says “There is no reason at this time to believe the North Tonawanda DPW employee was at fault for this unfortunate situation. The North Tonawanda DPW employee that was driving the dump truck, as well as the City of North Tonawanda, are fully cooperating with the investigation.”
The dump truck has since been impounded for inspection, per NYS policy, Tylec said. This is to make sure the vehicle had no mechanical issues.
“The City of North Tonawanda would like to express our deepest condolences to the victim and their family, as well as the DPW employee involved,” Tylec said. “This is an extremely upsetting occurrence for everyone involved, and we will be providing the DPW employee resources for counseling to help with their experience.”