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Middletown Bicyclist Hit By Car Confirmed Dead, Police Say

Elliot Kaminitz, 65, succumbed to his injuries after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Tuesday afternoon.

Medical examiners have officially confirmed the death of the bicyclist who was on Tuesday afternoon, police officials said.

Elliot Kaminitz, 65, a retired dentist from Middletown, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital on Tuesday for severe head trauma.

Sara Martineau, 38, of New Bedford, MA, was driving the car that reportedly hit Kaminitz while he was riding his bicycle near Old Beach Road around 1:15 p.m. Martineau has not faced any charges related to the incident.

The investigation is on-going, but police do not believe Martineau was using her cell phone during the time of the accident, Lt. William Fitzgerald said.

At the time of the accident, Kaminitz was wearing a helmet and traveling in the westbound lane on Memorial Boulevard toward Newport.

“Elliot was out on his usual daily ride — which he has done for decades,” Kaminitz's son-in-law Jon Strasser said in an email. Strasser said Kaminitz was “an extremely cautious biker, always wearing a helmet, signaling his intentions to passing motorists, and staying to the side.

“This family is just completely devastated — to lose a young vibrant loved one.”

Funeral arrangements have been made for Friday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Hoffman Chapel on Fowler Ave., in Newport followed by burial at Beth Olam on Wyatt Road in Middletown. 

Police have asked anyone who witnessed the incident to contact detectives at (401) 847-8300.

John Garagliano June 21, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Devistating news. Elliot was my dentist and a friend for over 30 years, both in Newport and in Providence. My sincere condolences to the family.
MEVM June 21, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I am so sorry to read this. I was a graduate of the Elliot K. school of painless dentistry He was the best!!! God bless him and his family at this tragic time......
Melissa Caya June 21, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I worked with Dr Elliott Kamanitz for a short time. I enjoyed working with and learning from Dr.Kaminitz. I send my deepest condolences to the family. A great man with a big heart, He will be missed.
Katie Bavier June 23, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I also worked for Dr. Kaminitz for a few years as one of his Dental Hygienists. I worked for him in the 1990's for a few years. He was a kind and gentle man and was so good to me as an employer. He adored his family and they were the center of his life. He took great care of countless patients and they all loved him. I will always remember seeing him on his beloved bike and bringing sesame seed bagels and yeast powder for our popcorn to work practically every day. It was an honor and a priveldge to work for him so many years ago.
Teresa Smith June 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Dr. Kaminitz was a wonderful dentist and person. He was very kind and caring. I will always remember him.
Teresa Smith June 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Dr. Kaminitz was a very nice person, and he was a great dentist. He always took the time to take good care of his patients. He will never be forgotten.

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