Pedestrian Struck in Summer Street Crosswalk

The crash occurred at about 6 p.m. Thursday.

Photo credit: Google Maps
Photo credit: Google Maps

A female pedestrian was hit by a Jeep Wrangler Thursday evening when she was crossing Summer Street in the crosswalk at Oakhill Drive.

Emergency personnel responded to the crash at about 6 p.m.

The victim had a laceration to the back of her head but was conscious and alert at the scene, police said. She was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge for treatment.

The driver, who was traveling east toward Mystic Street, said that she did not see the woman crossing until it was too late. She said the woman was wearing dark clothes and headphones. Police cited the driver for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

According to a witness, the driver was traveling at about 20-25 mph at the time of the crash.

Brad Sark March 03, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Again we see that cars are too dangerous for civilians. Only the gov't should have cars. People kill people when they get behind the wheel - 1 every 15 minutes. I'm not saying that people that drive cars are bad people... at least they don't mean to be. They just are not capable of determining right from wrong in this instance. Ban cars. Only the gov't needs cars.
Tim Cahill March 03, 2014 at 11:05 AM
To those people who continue blaming pedestrians for not wearing reflective clothing, you should keep in mind that most of these accidents seem to occur after work hours when people are heading home from work, wearing their business attire. As far as I'm aware, there is no such thing as reflective business attire. Are you saying we should all bring a change of clothes with us every day just in case we might have to walk across a crosswalk in Arlington later that day? Stop blaming the victims and start cracking down on the drivers who willfully ignore the pedestrian's right of way. (I speak from experience as every time I have to cross Mass Ave. at Lafayette St. I inevitably encounter a driver in one direction or the other who refuses to stop for me when I'm already in the crosswalk. Even the 79 bus has forced me dash back to the curb a couple of times.)
Mark Kaepplein March 03, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Tim, I suggest you wear a beige, lined trench coat instead of your navy blue or black overcoat. Wear a white knit cap and or a white scarf. these are all acceptable business attire for sheep following convention, yet safer choices. Reflective, velcro wrist and knee bands can be worn after leaving the workplace and add yet more safety. I'm sorry about those that clearly see you and your intent, yet don't yield - no excuse for that.
Mark Kaepplein March 03, 2014 at 06:12 PM
On returning from Market Basket in Burlington, I looked at the intersection of Summer and Oak Hill. Yes, there is a street light near the crosswalk, but it is pessimally (opposite of optimal) located. It is south and east of the crosswalk. For a driver headed east from Lexington, a pedestrian becomes a shadow blocking black pavement illuminated by the streetlight, thus poorly discernible especially with oncoming traffic blinding a driver. Its a little better for a westbound driver where light from the street light instead illuminates the pedestrian in all dark clothing, except the light is closer and brighter on the other side of the street (eastbound) where the driver would not hit the pedestrian. Best is direct illumination of a pedestrian on both sides of a dangerous crosswalk. Or, install a pedestrian activated crosswalk signal...


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