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Woman Seriously Hurt in Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident

Worcester, MA (February 24, 2012) - On Thursday, February 23, 2012 at approximately 10:53 PM Worcester Police responded to the area of 371 Park Avenue for a reported hit and run accident involving a pedestrian. Upon the arrival of police they observed a 24 year old female victim suffering from serious injuries.

Worcester Fire and EMS responded to the scene and administered first aid; she was then transported to U-Mass Medical Center (university campus) to be treated for head, neck, shoulder and arm injuries. The victim, who is a Worcester resident, is currently listed in serious condition.

The Worcester Police Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team was activated to respond to the scene. Investigators secured the area and processed it for evidence. Witness statements were also taken. Investigators canvassed the area for the suspect vehicle but that search produced negative results. A general broadcast of the incident was sent out to WPD personnel as well as the Massachusetts State Police and to surrounding communities.

Preliminary reports indicate that the victim was crossing Park Avenue while in a marked crosswalk. This crosswalk is located at the intersection of Park Avenue and Parker Street. As the victim was in the road, she was struck by what witnesses describe as a dark colored 4 door possible Toyota, Nissan or Honda. The suspect’s vehicle was traveling south on Park Avenue. The force of the impact tossed the victim in the air. She landed on the hood and windshield of the vehicle. The victim rolled off the car and fell to the ground. After the impact, the suspect turned off their headlights and continued driving south on Park Avenue without stopping and making their identity known. Witnesses lost sight of the vehicle as it approached Park Avenue and May Street.

This investigation is ongoing as police attempt to identify the suspect vehicle and its driver. Police believe that the vehicle may have sustained noticeable damage to the front end and possibly to the windshield.

If anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

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