Runner Struck, Nearly Run Over by Vehicle at Lake Street Crossing

Incidents and arrests in Arlington on Monday, Aug. 13.

The following information comes from the Arlington Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Runner Struck, Nearly Run Over by Vehicle at Lake Street Crossing

A woman running on the Minuteman bike path at about 11:07 a.m. Monday was struck by a vehicle at the Lake Street crossing, according to police.

The woman told police that she was hit as soon as she entered the bike path’s crosswalk. She said she held onto the vehicle’s front bumper, as her legs and lower body were pulled under the vehicle. The vehicle stopped after several feet, she said.


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The woman sustained several lacerations to her elbows and legs, and had blood on her chest, arms and legs when police arrived, police said. She was cleaned and bandaged on scene but refused further medical attention, according to police. She got a ride home from police and told police that she would drive herself to the hospital.

The woman said that she was running toward Arlington Center on the bike path when the incident occurred. She said that when she approached the Lake Street crosswalk, she saw vehicles stopped in the lane opposite from her and a vehicle slowing in the lane closest to her. She said that’s when she stepped out into the roadway and was struck immediately.

The operator of the vehicle, who police said was “very apologetic,” said that he didn’t see the vehicles in the opposite lane stopped. He said he slowed as he approached the crosswalk as a precautionary measure but didn’t see the woman until after the collision. He said he first heard “screaming” and then stopped immediately.

The operator was issued a citation for failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, according to police.


Home Break-In on Washington Street

Police responded to a Washington Street residence at about 12:15 p.m. Monday for a report of a recent break-in.

The homeowner told police that her family went to bed at about 11 p.m. Sunday night and that when her husband went downstairs at about 6:30 a.m., objects had been moved around and a rear window had been opened and its screen removed. She said her daughter’s laptop and charger had been taken.

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Notable Incidents on Monday, Aug. 13

6:58 p.m., Summer Street, Malicious destruction of property over $250

4:30 p.m., Hillside Avenue, Injured animal

12:15 p.m., Washington Street, Breaking and entering at night for felony

11:07 a.m., Lake Street and bike path, Motor vehicle crash with injury, involving pedestrian

David Chase September 07, 2012 at 04:35 PM
@Karen - the laws of the road require that drivers keep their speed low enough that the laws of physics do not pose problems. If a driver cannot see in time to stop for a jogger in a crosswalk, they are driving too fast. "... reasonable and proper, having regard to traffic and the use of the way and the safety of the public." Being in a hurry is no excuse for breaking the law. And invoking laws of physics to justify pushing people around with a car is not very sociable. Do you really think might-makes-right is a good rule?
bubba September 07, 2012 at 04:43 PM
David is correct. That's why there is a yield sign for cars in the middle of the street -- it's way too small, and in a ridiculous place, but it's there. Yield signs only exist when the traffic to which they are meant to yield (pedestrians in this case) do not have an indication to stop.
Tim September 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
A person riding a bike in a cross walk is not a pedestrian . So if some dumb ars wants to ride their bike through the cross walk without stopping deserves what they get ....
Gene Gorokhovsky September 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM
During rush hour we need an on-demand crossing traffic light, synced with the Brooks street light, with minimum intervals of a minute each way. Thisc light could operate as blinking yellow on Lake, blinking red on the bike path during non-rush hours, essentially emphasizing already existing rules of this intersection ("stop" for bikes, "beware" for cars). This would relieve traffic by making bikes and pedestrians cross in batches during rush our, and in other times will make cars, bikes and pedestrians pay more attention. Less stress equals less accidents.
Mark Kaepplein September 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Stupid selectmen need to heed the advice of MassDOT and lengthen the right turn lane on Lake to Mass Ave eastbound. There are only two mature trees left that would need to go. Here is lots of state/fed money to improve the intersection, yet selectmen refuse. Making sidewalks the same width on both sides would help too and make Lake wider and safer for cyclists going to/from the school and bike path.


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