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Bedford Woman Arrested for OUI After Striking Cyclist in Concord

The Sept. 20 accident snarled traffic along Route 62 during the afternoon commute and sent a Concord man to Lahey Clinic with apparently serious injuries.

The motor vehicle vs. bicycle accident that snarled traffic around Bedford Street and sent a Concord man to an area trauma center last Thursday afternoon also resulted in the arrest of a Bedford woman for operating under the influence and speeding.

According to a police report, multiple 911 calls came just after 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 20 reporting a bicyclist was unconscious and breathing after being struck by a motor vehicle on Bedford Street, near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Concord Police shut down the street, normally heavy with traffic at that time of day, at Monument Square, while a unit from Bedford closed off the street at Old Bedford Road, the incident report said.

The man was transported with a family member to Lahey Clinic. According to Concord Fire Chief Mark Cotreau, the man, who had apparently serious injuries and received some treatment at the scene, arrived at the Burlington trauma center at 4:46 p.m.

Meanwhile, an accident reconstruction team and crime-scene photo unit from the Massachusetts State Police responded to the scene, and a police sergeant notified the District Attorney’s Office, the incident report said.   

The vehicle’s driver, Kathy Denno Gunnerson, 54, of 195 South Road, Bedford, was arrested at the scene and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and causing serious bodily injury and speeding.

According to Concord Police Lt. Thomas Mulcahy, the bicyclist is believed to have been travelling alone and with traffic at the time of the accident. Gunnerson was driving a Cadillac sedan, he said.

The drugs Gunnerson was allegedly driving while under the influence of were perscription medication prescribed to her, according to Mulcahy. 

Information in this report was provided by the Concord Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

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