Police Cite Driver in Newton Centre Pedestrian Crash

A second pedestrian accident reportedly happened an hour later in the same intersection.

UPDATED 11:30 a.m. with additional information on a second pedestrian crash.

Newton Police have cited a 26-year-old female driver after she allegedly struck an elderly pedestrian in Newton Centre Monday night and left the accident scene without stopping. 

According to Newton Police Lt. Bruce Apotheker, the driver, who is from Newton, was cited with leaving the scene of an accident after causing personal injury. 

Apotheker could not comment on the current condition of the pedestrian, but noted that the injuries are non-life threatening.

The accident occurred Monday around 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Centre Street and Langley Road. The driver, who was traveling northbound on Centre Street, struck a 94-year-old male pedestrian.  

Apotheker said the pedestrian who was struck was not in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. 

The pedestrian was transported to Beth-Israel Hospital following the accident.

Initially, the driver did not stop at the scene and police were on the lookout for a silver Toyota. The car's side-view mirror was reportedly left at the scene, according to scanner reports. 

However, the driver contacted police roughly an hour after the accident. 

According to the Boston Globe, a second pedestrian crash occurred in that same intersection roughly an hour later

A 32-year-old Dedham woman struck a 90-year-old man crossing near the intersection of Centre and Pleasant streets, the Globe reported.

According to the Globe, the pedestrian sustained a shoulder injury and the driver was cited for failure to yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. 

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Adam Maleson January 03, 2013 at 08:49 AM
Clearly the mixture of automobiles and pedestrians is a dangerous formula. If everyone rode bicycles and walked, there would be less danger of this sort. We need to reconsider the transportation lifestyle that we have become accustomed to in this society. Do you realize that a mere 100 years ago horses were still a common mode of transportation? That 90 years ago horses were still present, and that even 80 years ago horses could be found as acceptable alternatives to the automobile? The gas combustion engine is on its death-watch, no matter how much we try to pretend that the diagnosis hasn't already been made. Newton MUST make the pedestrian and bicyclist have the RIGHT OF WAY in almost all circumstances. We MUST require a different level of awareness on all of our parts, but especially on the part of the operators of motor vehicles, of the presence of pedestrians and bicyclists at all times in all locations of Newton. SLOW DOWN, and look all around you. The life you save may be mine, or your own child's, or your own parent's. What are we really in such a constant hurry for anyhow, the grave, the hospital?
Adam Maleson January 05, 2013 at 02:53 PM
And I posted the above comment a mere 3 hours before an 18 year old was killed trying to cross Route 128 on the frigid morning of January 3. Certainly he should have used the bridge to cross that highway. Still, it chills me to see the relative timing of my comment and his death.


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