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Pedestrian killed walking to work in Cambridge

A pedestrian who was walking to work was struck and killed by a car in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Wednesday morning. Police said the pedestrian accident occurred shortly after 5:00 a.m. on Land Boulevard in front of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The accident victim was reportedly on his way to work at the hotel when he was struck.

Police said a group of hotel workers were crossing the street in front of the hotel and the accident victim was following a few steps behind. Apparently, the accident victim, who is an unidentified male, was thrown about 50 feet after being struck by the vehicle. The windshield of the car was cracked from the impact.

Police officers and firefighters arrived at the scene almost immediately and the accident victim was quickly transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. Unfortunately, he died a short while later. Police said the driver of the car did not appear to be under the influence.

However, even if the driver was not intoxicated, he or she still could have been negligent. Pedestrians have the right of way when using crosswalks in Cambridge and Boston. If the pedestrian was in a crosswalk and the driver failed to stop for him, the driver could potentially face a personal injury lawsuit brought by the family of the accident victim.

Of course, no amount of damages from a personal injury lawsuit could ever take away the pain and grief caused by losing a loved one in an accident. But it can provide the family with the financial support and closure they need to get through this very difficult experience.

Source: 7 News, "Pedestrian struck, killed on Land Blvd in Cambridge," Victoria Warren, April 3, 2013

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