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Runner Hit by Car in Arlington Center's Main Intersection

The runner was struck in a crosswalk but had a ‘Do Not Walk’ sign, according to police.

A female runner was hit by a car in Arlington Center’s main intersection Sunday evening.

The runner was crossing Mystic Street at the Mass. Ave. crosswalk, from the Uncle Sam statue side to Whittemore Park, but had a ‘Do Not Walk’ sign, witnesses told police. The runner went past a car stopped in the right-turn-only lane and then was hit by a car, which had a straight-green arrow, witnesses said.

The runner also told police that the crash was “all her fault.” She said that she did not see the car coming but should have waited for the “Walk” sign before crossing.

The crash occurred at about 5:50 p.m. Sunday.

The runner was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital for evaluation but had no visible injuries. She did have minor wrist pain at the scene, police said.

Mary T February 18, 2014 at 06:42 PM
And....this is news. What do you expect in Snarlington.
Linda Maloney February 19, 2014 at 07:14 AM
Do you get the distinct feeling the runners and bicycle riders are out of control in Arlington.
Mary T February 19, 2014 at 07:33 AM
There are too many cars. And I do think runners should not run in the street with all this snow. Is it worth the risk...not really. As far as the bikers go. I'll leave no comment.
winifredtigerlily February 19, 2014 at 07:48 AM
No, I don't get the feeling that runners and bicyclists are out of control. This could just as easily have been a walker crossing the street (against the light) and getting hit. I do constantly get the feeling that car drivers feel they own the road and get irritated with other non-car road users ... so what if you have to slow down for a moment to go around a runner (someone who is just trying to get some exercise) or bicyclist, who's either trying to exercise, get to work, or something similar?
Joshua Speed February 19, 2014 at 08:36 AM
I think it is not black and white. There are overly agressive drivers, cylists and pedestrians, and there are calm, well intentioned people in all of those categories as well, and sometimes things just happen. In this case the woman seems to have owned up to her mistake, and fortunately this turned out okay.
Malcolm Hamilton February 19, 2014 at 08:55 AM
No, it is not black and white. It is red and green. The one means stop (don't cross). The other means "go." What's so difficult about that to understand?
Zoltan February 19, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Scofflaw pedestrians and cyclists are notorious for ignoring that particular Do Not Walk signal. Presumably so that they won't have to wait as long for the Walk signal which allows them to safely cross Mass. Ave. and continue travelling along the bike path. Since the town will eventually acquiesce to the wants and needs of pedestrians maybe a simultaneous walk signal and the ability to cross Mass Ave diagonally at that intersection is a possible solution.
Elaine G February 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM
I find the cyclists in Arlington to be very aggressive when I'm driving. And often rather rude. Some have nearly hit my car and I have been driving properly in my lane. I think the cyclists need an attitude adjustment. They don't own the road. However, drivers need to accept sharing the road with cyclists as more an more people are commuting this way. And that is a good thing for traffic, fuel emissions and the health of those cycling. We need to learn to coexist. As for pedestrians, cross at your own risk then you have a Do Not Walk sign. It's there for a reason and one could be hit with either a car or bicycle. Especially at night when it's hard to see people when they wear dark clothing. We need to take a page from the Dutch who have a great system of cars and bikes coexisting. There was a great article about it in the Sunday Globe a few months back.
Susan Ruderman February 19, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Far more bicyclists ignore traffic rules (e.g., stop at a red light) than motorists flout the rules. And this is probably for the simple reason that motorists fear enforcement while bicyclists know they are anonymous and highly, highly unlikely to be stopped by a police officer. Some intensive enforcement would be helpful so that people (a few motorists but a lot of bicyclists) might stop thinking that traffic rules are mere suggestions.
AHLS February 19, 2014 at 02:36 PM
You're wrong, wrong, wrong, Susan Ruderman. Pull up a chair to any intersection around Arlington any day of the week and you'll see car after car failing to come to a COMPLETE stop at stop signs and right turn on red AFTER STOPS. You come to a COMPLETE stop in these situations, right Susan?
Hokey Wolf February 19, 2014 at 02:51 PM
How is the persons car ? Is it ok ?
Mark Kaepplein February 19, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Does anybody else notice some similarity between leashed and unleashed dogs and unleashed cyclists and runners/jay-walkers? Do we need a special park for just them and/or off leash times?
Mary T February 19, 2014 at 06:09 PM
As I drove through town around 3:30 today, and it was snowing, a runner...who obviously hadn't read this article...ran in front of a truck that was turning down the street I was on and then darted in front of my car causing me to slam on the breaks. Then ran across Park Ave. all this without breaking their stride. And yes it was at the infamous 6 way intersection. Idiot is all I can say.
kim S February 19, 2014 at 11:21 PM
Does anyone remember the older woman who dedicated years of her life sitting on THAT bench, trying to get the town to make that crosswalk safer?
Susan Ruderman February 20, 2014 at 12:09 AM
Inga Pinciak. Have to admire her countdown at "The Death Trap."
Joshua Speed February 20, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Malcolm: If you were not so ready to “pounce” on my post, you might have noted that in no way did I indicate that the runner was right, and that in fact I agree with you. She was in the wrong and she admitted fault here. The point is all of this bickering over whether it is the cars, the cyclists, or the pedestrians who are the problem obscures the fact that there are rules, signals and consequences for ignoring them> It is not always one group or another, as sometimes cars ignore their signals and obligations, all too often pedestrians and cyclists ignore their responsibilities as well.
Hokey Wolf February 20, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Inga wasn't even from Arlington. . Many of these people have no idea of we are talking about.
JanS March 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM
DO NOT WALK and a RED LIT Hand sign at the intersection should be enough! Pedestrians no longer realize that they might not ALWAYS have the right of way!

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