Concord Police report that an elderly Westford woman was driving last Saturday morning to a dialysis appointment in Concord when she turned from Commonwealth Avenue onto Winthrop Street and struck three pedestrians. The victims were a mother with two of her children who were out for a walk. The mother was reportedly pushing her 20-month-old son in a stroller and her five-year-old son was riding his bicycle next to them. Police report that after the woman´s vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Camry, turned the corner and hit the pedestrians, it continued to drive across Winthrop Street and onto a home´s lawn and did not stop until it crashed into a garage.
At approximately 9 a.m., Concord Police and Fire Departments responded to the area for a report of a pedestrian accident. Concord Police Lieutenant Tom Mulcahy commented, “When responders arrived at the scene they treated a mother and her two children as well as the driver of the vehicle.”
The three pedestrians, as well as the driver, were transported to Emerson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. According to Mulcahy, the 20-month-old boy was transported by MedFlight helicopter to Children’s Hospital Boston with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The accident is remains under investigation by the Concord Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Team. Speed has been ruled out as a factor as the cause of the crash. It is not yet known whether or not the elderly driver will face charges.
Statistics show that in the next 20 years, the number of elderly drivers is predicted to triple in the United States and that older drivers are more likely than younger ones to be involved in pedestrian accidents, especially at intersections. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that “In 1997, older people made up 9 percent of the resident population but accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and 17 percent of all pedestrian fatalities.”
If you have been involved in a Massachusetts pedestrian accident or car accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced a Massachusetts car accident lawyer.
Elderly Driver Hits Mother, 2 Children In Concord, CBS Boston, February 4, 2012
Four people hospitalized after pedestrian crash in Concord, Wicked Local Concord, February 4, 2012
Older Drivers, Elderly Driving, Seniors at the Wheel, Traffic and Safety, SmartMotorist.com
Traffic Safety Facts 1997; Older Population, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
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If you have been in a car accident, an experienced Massachusetts accident lawyer can advise you.