State Police investigators: Street racing appears to have led to fatal accident on busy local roadway
A street racing incident gone tragically bad claimed the life of a 21-year-old motorcyclist in Malden last Friday night, according to police. Kyle Roust, 21, of Tewksbury, formerly of Medford and a 2019 Medford High School graduate, was killed Friday night when he was thrown from his motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a left curve located near the intersection of Fellsway East and Charles Street, according to reports. According to online news reports, Roust was someone who loved to ride, according to friends, one of whom noted that the victim had only acquired the motorcycle he crashed Friday less than a week before the fatal accident. He would have turned 22 in September.
According to reports, Mass. State Troopers responding to a report of a motorcycle crash on the northbound side of the Fellsway near Charles Street just before 8:40 p.m. found a man who had been thrown from his 2002 Suzuki GSXRT10. The victim was rushed by ambulance with severe injuries to Mass. General Hospital in Boston, where he was pronounced dead.
According to Mass. State Police, a preliminary investigation indicated Roust was operating his motorcycle at a high rate of speed as he raced the driver of a dark-colored sedan from a stop at a traffic light at Fellsway West and Medford Street, about 300 yards before the accident occurred. When he approached the intersection with Charles Street, police say, Roust failed to negotiate a left curve and went off the road. State Police Troopers are still searching for the sedan driver, who sped away north on Fellsway East after the crash.
In an online report, friends described Roust as a “beautiful soul” who would “do anything for his loved ones and friends.”
A friend of Roust, Ben Whalen, told a regional online newspaper that Roust enjoyed the “speed and thrill” of motorcycle riding. “Kyle liked to live on the edge,” Whalen said. “He lived day to day. That was just how he was.”
Roust lived in Tewksbury with his parents, Charles and Karen Roust. He is also survived by his grandmother Lucille Dupont, several aunts, uncles and cousins, his beloved dog Zorro and many friends.
A visitation and prayer service were held Wednesday at the Burns Funeral Home in Billerica. Donations can be made in Kyle’s name to Last Hope K9 at www.lasthopek9.org. The Online Guestbook is available at www.burnsfuneralhomes.com.