For Immediate Release: 9/4/2017 1:23 pm
Worcester, MA (September 4, 2017) – On Sunday, September 3, 2017 at approximately 12:00 PM, Worcester Police responded to a motor vehicle and pedestrian accident on Route 20 (southwest cutoff). The incident occurred in front of the McDonald’s restaurant located at the intersection of Greenwood Street.
Upon the officers arrival they encountered a 20-year-old male pedestrian suffering from neck, head and left side injuries. The pedestrian, a Connecticut resident, was conscious and alert. Also at the scene to meet the officers was the driver of the motor vehicle. The driver, a 19-year old female from Sunderland, Massachusetts, was operating a 2001 Buick Century.
The pedestrian was treated at the scene by emergency personnel and then transported to a nearby hospital. The pedestrian is currently listed in stable condition.
Due to the nature of this incident, the WPD Crash Reconstruction Unit was called to the scene to take over the investigation.
The preliminary investigation indicated that the pedestrian was with other individuals jogging and were waiting to cross Route 20. While waiting, the traffic signal for the east bound traffic turned green. One vehicle in the eastbound lane stopped to let the people cross. At this time the group entered the road way while the light remained green. Meanwhile the operator of the Buick was traveling in the eastbound outside lane and did not see the group crossing. The Buick came close to striking a female jogger but did make contact with the male jogger. After the impact, the victim was able to walk to the side of the road on his own.
There were numerous witnesses that remained at the scene and were each interviewed by Recon investigators. The Buick was towed from the scene and a full mechanical inspection will be conducted. The operator was interviewed along with the passenger that was in the vehicle.
This investigation is ongoing. At this time no citations have been issued.