For Immediate Release: 12/5/2011 2:55 pm
Worcester, MA (December 5, 2011) - On December 2, 2011 at approximately 1:37 PM Worcester Police responded to the intersection of May and June Streets for a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. Upon the officers' arrival they met with the operator of the vehicle and the pedestrian who was struck.
According to the operator, she was driving her 2002 Lexus west on June Street when she approached the intersection of May Street. The operator, identified as Dianne Williamson, 52 years old of Auburn, was the lead car in traffic and waited for the green light. When the light changed to green she turned left into the southbound lane of May Street and struck a pedestrian who was crossing May Street from the west to east side. The pedestrian was walking in a cross walk. According to witnesses, the impact forced the pedestrian up and onto the hood of the Lexus.
The pedestrian, a 22 year old female Worcester resident received minor injuries to her knee and ankle. Worcester EMS arrived at the scene and spoke with the victim. The pedestrian, although shaken, refused medical treatment at the scene.
Based on witness statements, information provided by Ms. Williamson and the pedestrian, Ms. Williamson was issued a citation for failing to stop for a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk.
To date, there have been 305 pedestrians struck by motor vehicles this year with 5 accidents resulting in fatalities. As a result of the recent uptick with pedestrians being struck by motor vehicles, the Worcester Police Traffic Division continues to enforce pedestrian crosswalk violations with the use of plain clothes sting operations throughout the city along with traditional enforcement tactics. There have been 1,416 crosswalks violations issued from January 1, 2011 thru December 4, 2011.
There will be no new additional information released at this time.