UPDATE: Operator of the Moped in Fatal Forest Hills Crash Caused Collision per MSP

The victim operating a moped that crashed into a minivan in the Forest Hills section of Boston on Friday night has died from his injuries. The victim is identified as Joseph Pielmeier, 30, who has addresses in Virginia as well as in Boston and Somerville. Evidence indicates that the moped operator caused the crash. No charges will be filed against the driver of the minivan.

Investigation by the Massachusetts State Police indicated that at approximately 6:45 p.m. the victim was operating a Tomos moped northbound on South Street when he drove through a red light at the intersection with the Arborway. The moped then struck the side of a 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan that was traveling eastbound and had entered the intersection heading toward New Washington Street. The Sienna’s operator, a 30-year-old Milton man, had the green light.

The moped struck the passenger-side sliding door of the minivan. Pielmeier, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the bike and struck the pavement. Boston Fire and EMS responded and transported the victim to Brigham & Women’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced deceased yesterday. The three-year-old daughter of the driver of the Sienna was secured in a child safety seat in the middle row of the minivan at the time of the crash. The toddler sustained a bruised shoulder when the minivan was struck and was transported to Children’s Hospital for treatment.

A shoulder bag worn by Pielmeier was found in the roadway near the downed moped. Troopers located two empty White Claw alcoholic beverages, three unopened alcoholic beverages, green leafy matter, a bowl, and a small container holding what appeared to be marijuana inside the bag. Multiple witnesses interviewed by Troopers stated that the moped drove through the red light and that the Sienna had the green light. Evidence suggests the moped was traveling between 30-40 mph at the time of collision.

The incident was investigated by patrols from the State Police-Milton Barracks, detectives from State Police Troop H, the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County, State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and State Police Crime Scene Services Section.