Cyclist That Was Hurt In Bridge Crash Dies

Sarah Snyderman - Sarah Snyderman

The North Falmouth bicyclist who was seriously injured over Memorial Day weekend after she crashed her bike while crossing the Singing Bridge on Shore Road in Pocasset has died.

Sarah J. Snyderman, 53, died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Saturday.

Family members stated that Ms. Snyderman died from complications resulting from the bicycle accident.

She had been in a medically-induced coma since the crash.

The crash occurred on Memorial Day when Ms. Snyderman was riding her bicycle over the bridge and her tires became jammed in a gap between two grates in the bridge’s newly repaired deck. She flipped over the handlebars and landed face-first on the bridge’s metal surface. She lost half a dozen teeth and had to be flown by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital, where surgeons wired her mouth shut and she was placed in a medically-induced coma.

OBITUARY: Sarah Snyderman

Sarah Johnson Snyderman of North Falmouth, 53, died June 8 from complications resulting from a bicycle accident. The accident occurred on May 27 while she was bicycling across the Pocasset River bridge on Shore Road in Bourne.

A graduate of Kearsage Regional High School in New London, New Hampshire, and Harvard College, she met her husband, Mark Snyderman, while both of them were doing graduate studies at Stanford University.

Ms. Snyderman enjoyed many outdoor activities with family and friends, including hiking, skiing, running and various water sports.

She leaves, in addition to her husband, two children, Kayla and Reed Snyderman; her mother, Virginia Johnson of New London New Hampshire; her siblings, Molly Johnson of San Mateo, California, Amy Lampson of Salt Lake City, and Thad Johnson of Chicago; and many aunts, uncles and cousins, including Patricia Johnson and Carolyn Partan of North Falmouth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Friends of Falmouth Bikeways Inc., c/o Leonard Johnson, 432 Wild Harbor Road, North Falmouth, MA 02556; or to Coalition for Buzzards Bay, 114 Front Street, New Bedford, MA 02740.

Patricia A. Johnson of Falmouth, the victim’s cousin, said that Ms. Snyderman spent six hours in surgery following the accident. In the days immediately following the accident, Ms. Johnson described the crash as “pretty ugly,” but she said that her cousin’s injuries were “serious but not life threatening.”

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It was not clear what complications caused Ms. Snyderman’s death. The family did not return phone messages from the Enterprise this week.

Ms. Snyderman leaves her husband, Mark P., and two children, her daughter Kayla Snyderman and her son Reed Snyderman, both in their 20s. On her Facebook page, Kayla listed that she is currently studying at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Reed graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last month.

Town Administrator Thomas M. Guerino called the accident terrible and a tragedy.

“It’s sad that such an accident occurred on our bridge,” he said.

Since Ms. Snyderman’s accident, the Bourne Department of Public Works has taken measures to increase bicycle safety at the bridge. A sign advising bicyclists to walk their bicycles over the bridge and not ride across was installed immediately after the accident, Mr. Guerino said. Mr. Guerino also said that within days following the crash engineers were brought in to survey the bridge. They made an alteration to the gaps in the grate that caught Ms. Snyderman’s bicycle tires, causing her to fall. A steel insert has been used to fill in the gaps.

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