For Immediate Release: 9/23/2017 0:16 am
Worcester, MA (September 22, 2017) - On Friday, September 22, 2017, at approximately 1:20 PM, Worcester Police responded to a motor vehicle and pedestrian accident in the area of 497 West Boylston Street. Responding officers were told that the vehicle that struck the pedestrian had fled the scene.
Arriving officers observed the 22-year-old female pedestrian being treated by emergency personnel. The pedestrian was alert and conscious. The pedestrian appeared to be suffering from a head injury. The pedestrian was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
Officers spoke with several witnesses that provided several partial variations to the suspect vehicle license plate number. Witnesses were told that the vehicle was a Ford 500. Officers at the scene started to search the registry database with the partial plate numbers and eventually got a hit on the suspect vehicle.
The suspect driver resides and located in West Boylston.
Due to the nature of this incident, the WPD Crash Reconstruction Unit was called in to take over the investigation.
Investigators secured the crash scene and documented evidence and obtained statements from witnesses. Some investigators went to the hospital and interviewed the pedestrian.
Other investigators went to where the driver was located and transported the 26-year-old female back to WPD headquarters for questioning. The driver provided a statement to traffic investigators. The vehicle was towed from West Boylston and secured pending a full mechanical inspection. The vehicle did not belong to the driver.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the pedestrian approached the crosswalk in the area of 497 West Boylston Street and activated the crosswalk signal actuator. At that time the pedestrian started to cross the street when she was struck by the Ford that was traveling south. The pedestrian was struck in the front right corner. After the impact the driver continued south on West Boylston Street without stopping or letting herself be known.
The driver was issued citations for failure to Yield for a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk, Negligent Operation of a MV, Using a MV without Authority, and Operating a MV after a Suspended License.
This investigation is ongoing.