March 18, 2015 at 2:05 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Prominent Boston bisexual advocate killed
Marcia Diehl, gay news, Washington Blade

Cambridge, Mass. (Photo public domain)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A bisexual advocate was killed on March 12 as she rode her bicycle on a street.

The Boston Globe reported that a dump truck struck and killed Marcia Diehl, 65, as she rode her bicycle along Putnam Avenue in Cambridge after leaving a nearby Whole Foods Market.

Diehl co-founded the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network. The Boston Globe reported the well-known singer and songwriter was also a volunteer at a local LGBT theater company to which she donated money.

“The Boston bisexual community is saddened at the news of the loss of one of our long-time members,” said the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network in a statement posted to its Tumblr page. “She will be greatly missed within our community, and we are thankful for the humor, creativity, and compassion she shared with us for many years.”

  • sounds like an accident – lets not feed paranoia

  • It breaks my heart to read about Marcia's story. I was involved in an accident at the corner of River St and Mass Ave three days ago, a few blocks from where Marcia was killed.

    While I was going northbound in the bike lane, an Airgas truck made a right turn from the left lane, without signalling, into my path. I braked, hopped off my bicycle, but the truck continued with the turn, pulling me underneath. Pedestrians rushed to the truck and forced the driver to stop to allow me time to get out from underneath the trailer.

    After the accident, the driver made no apologies and indicated to the officer that I had struck his truck and that his mirror was damaged by a pedestrian.

    I stayed for an hour and gave my statement to officer Gilbertson. Yet I was disheartened to see the contents of the police report today – none of the witnesses' info were listed, and their statements omitted. The time of the accident is erroneously listed. I was even more dismayed to find out the driver was given no citation, nor did the officer find him at fault for the accident despite having confirmed the unsafe turn with several witnesses on the scene.

    It's appalling to me that less than 1 week after Marcia's death few blocks away, this is how the Cambridge Police Dept responds to a cyclist hit. My heart goes out to Marcia's loved ones for their loss, but having experienced first hand the "investigation" conducted by the Cambridge Police Department, I'm not surprised the driver was absolved of responsibilities in this case.

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