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Natick Driver Strikes Mom With Double Stroller In Framingham Crosswalk

A reminder for drivers, pedestrians have the right of way in a crosswalk.

A Natick driver struck a woman walking in a crosswalk with a double stroller on Concord Street, near the courthouse today, July 10.

The woman driver, whose name was not available at this time, struck the pedestrian with the stroller, said Framingham Police Lt. Harry Wareham. 

The car hit the mom, and knocked the stroller over, and the two children fell out of the stroller, said Lt. Wareham. The ages of the children were not available at this time.

The three all suffered minor bumps and bruises, said Framingham Police.

The woman driver said she had a green light and was attempting to make a left-hand turn, said Lt. Wareham.

The pedestrian still has the right of way in the crosswalk, even with a green light, said Lt. Wareham.

The Natick driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Framingham Patch received a couple of reports on the noon crash from readers, in which one witness said the driver may have been on the phone when it took place.

Framingham Patch will update when more details become available.

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Originally posted at 3:33 p.m. on July 10. Updated with comments from Framingham Police on Thursday. Updated again for Friday's newsletter.
Sean Ward July 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM
All roadways should be equipped with cell phone jammers.
Susin Carlson July 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM
So glad everyone is in one piece!! To Theresa's point...her daughter was in the middle of the intersection. Part of the issue is that the 'ok you can walk' light is NOT LONG ENOUGH! Imagine trying to get across pushing a double stroller (I have twins and remember it well, it isn't easy!). As it is, by myself I have to jog through to make the light. Please, please, please get off the phone (if you're on it) and pay attention. It's summer, folks are likely to be out and about.
Lisa July 11, 2014 at 01:03 PM
My husband and I were crossing in the crosswalk to get Bella Costa for dinner last night and both sides of the traffic had stopped for us, someone came down the street heading towards Rt 9 and thought I'm going to go around these people and had to slam on his breaks when he realized traffic had actually stopped so that we could cross the street. You can do all the right things as a pedestrian, but some drivers are distracted and always in a hurry. I read about hit and runs all the time and something needs to be done, we need to get creative and figure this out. I think most drivers are paying attention, but many do not.
Theresa Marie Gardner July 12, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Thank you all for your POSITIVE comments it means alot to me. I am also a walker and walk everywhere and every crossing light i come to expires when i am in the middle of the road. Things have to change for us pedestrians its very dangerous out there. If you read the lawbook on driving it states you MUST stop for a pedestrian and are not allowed to continue untill that person is all the way across the street and on the sidewalk. Dont be in such a rush to get to your destination us walkers are in a rush also but we still have to follow the rules.And to let you all know my daughter has sustained leg injuries and her 2 year old son (who has cerabel palsey which makes pushing the stroller harder) is still reliving this nightmare it has effected him emotionally..
Mary Gonzales July 12, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Theresa - glad the injuries to your daughter were not too serious, but still an incident that should never have happened! I have witness many a pedestrian almost get struck as drivers are in a hurry or not paying attention to those already in the crosswalk. Prayers for your family!

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