RUPERT — On July 10 at 2:48 p.m. a call was made in reference to a deceased bicyclist on Vermont Route 315 in the town of Rupert. The cyclist, later identified as Michael Munson age 51 from Peru, Vt., had been riding his bicycle and had stopped to rest at the top of a long, steep hill. A short time later the cyclist began to travel down the hill, eastbound, in the area of Derby Hill Road when he encountered a curve in the road. It appears that the cyclist lost control of the bicycle, was thrown from the bike, struck the ground with his head and side and came to rest a distance from the bicycle. The bike’s front tire had blown but it could not be determined if it occurred prior to the crash or after. The cyclist suffered a serious injury to the back of his head, facial injuries, and injuries to his left side of his body. He was wearing a helmet at the time but it was damaged and came off during the crash. An autopsy is scheduled to take place in Burlington at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
This cycling crash remains under investigation. If anyone has information to aid in this matter, please contact Det. Sgt. Daniel Elliott at 802-773-9101.