Arlington cyclist, 71, dies in Minuteman Bikeway collision

UPDATED, March 27: A 71-year-old Arlington cyclist died in Lexington on Sunday, March 24, after he collided with another cyclist on a bike path in what appeared to be a “terrible accident," media accounts said. 

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Police identified the victim as Cary Coovert of Arlington.The cause remains under investigation, but no foul play is suspected, WCVB  station's website reported.

Both riders were wearing helmets, police said, in the incident near Seasons Four, a garden center.

This is the first known death on the 26-year-old bikeway because of cyclists colliding. An Arlington man died in 2013 on the bikeway in Bedford, and it was later determined to be linked to a heart attack.

A witness said Coovert died after suffering head injuries.

The fatal collision on the Minuteman Bikeway occurred about 2:09 p.m., Lexington police Lt. Michael Toumi told

“They were strangers going in opposite directions” at the time of the crash, Toumi said. He said the cause of the collision remains under investigation, but there are no signs of foul play. No charges have been filed, Toumi said.

Both cyclists were taken to Lahey Hospital, where the 71-year-old was later pronounced dead, police said.

Coovert, originally from Texas, leaves a wife, Robin Lord, and two children, Marisol and Neva.

Updated obituary

Keefe Funeral Home, Arlington, provided the following:

Cary G. Coovert, of Arlington, died on Sunday, March 24, at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident on the Minuteman Bikeway in Lexington.

Cary was born on May 22, 1947, in Alabama to Evelyn Jane (Smith) Coovert and James Woodrow Coovert.

His siblings include Bette Jane Leman (Jerry) of Michigan and Alan Coovert of Texas. He was predeceased by his sister, Debra Coovert.

Cary was the beloved husband of Robin M. Lord, to whom he was married for 28 years, and the devoted father of Marisol Lord Coovert and Neva Lord Coovert, all of Arlington. Cary is also survived by his aunt Mary Margaret Onstott of California and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Since his father made his career in the military, Cary and his siblings were self-proclaimed “Army brats,” stationed at Frankfurt and Goppingen in Germany and at Ft. Benning, GA, and Fort Hood, Texas, in the U.S.

Cary graduated from the University of Texas in 1970. He was a Marine reservist during the Vietnam era. After he relocated to the Boston area – his brother describes him as a reluctant ex-pat from Texas -- he earned his MBA from Boston College in 1986.

Cary had a career as a software engineer in digital marketing. In his younger years, he was active in the Boy Scouts.

He was a world traveler, and his adventures included climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu. More recently, he traveled with Robin to South and Central America to form their family through adoption.

He loved the outdoors and was an avid hiker and cyclist. In warmer months, he commuted daily to his job in Burlington by bike. He was an avid Patriots' fan.

The family would especially like to thank the Lexington first responders and the caregivers at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center as well as their wonderful neighbors who continue to gather around them and offer support at this time.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass on Friday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Agnes Church, 30 Medford St. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Cary’s memory may be made to or to Friends of the Lexington Bikeways, c/o Bob Hausslein, 20 Slocum Road, Lexington 02421 or to another organization of your choice that supports cycling.

This news summary was published Monday, March 25, 2019, and updated March 27, to add an updated obituary.

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