On Monday evening, a freshman at the University of Massachusetts was injured after being hit by a vehicle and landing on the vehicle’s hood. The 18-year-old student was crossing Commonwealth Avenue around 6:22pm when she was hit by a southbound vehicle driven by an 18-year-old New Bedford woman.
The injured pedestrian was transported in an Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A spokeswoman for the hospital said she has already been released from the hospital.
Charges have not been filed in the pedestrian accident, which remains under investigation. Commonwealth Avenue has been the site of several previous pedestrian accidents, including a 1999 incident where a student killed crossing the street. In light of these accidents, officials from University of Massachusetts and Amherst police are working together to raise awareness about safety in crosswalks.
UMass student injured when struck by vehicle in risky campus crosswalk, GazetteNet.com, November 4, 2009
If you or a loved one has been injured crossing the street, then please contact a Massachusetts pedestrian accident attorney for a free initial consultation.