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Fatal Pedestrian Accident on Chandler St Under Investigation

For Immediate Release: 12/25/2017 6:59 pm

Worcester, MA (December 25, 2017) - On December 25th at about 5:30 AM, Worcester Police were dispatched to the area of the BP Gas Station at 37 Chandler St for a report of a pedestrian accident. Upon arrival, officers observed bystanders doing CPR on the thirty-three-year-old male victim. There was also a traffic light down in the road. The victim was transported by paramedics to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

The Accident Reconstruction Unit was called in, and began the investigation. The suspect vehicle was located at 127 Chandler St, down the street from the location of the accident. It was severely damaged and had been abandoned. The investigators were familiar with the vehicle, a 2012 Nissan Pathfinder, from previous incidents. They spoke with Susan Dixon, fifty-eight-years-old of 31 Knowles Rd, who often operated the vehicle.

The investigators pieced together the incident over the course of the investigation. At this time, investigators believe that Ms. Dixon drove the vehicle to the BP and spoke with the victim in the parking lot. The victim reached into the vehicle to give her something when she suddenly drove away, with the victim half in the vehicle. Ms. Dixon backed into a fence, and then drove into the light pole. The victim suffered injuries to his neck, chest and abdomen.  Ms. Dixon was unable to drive her car shortly after that, and left it near 127 Chandler St.  She returned to her residence at 31 Knowles Rd, where she was placed under arrest.

Susan Dixon is charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide, 2 counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Personal Injury (Death), Operating to Endanger, and Operating after Suspension of License (2nd or Subsequent). She will be arraigned tomorrow in Worcester District Court.

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