A 3-year-old girl was killed last week as she crossed the street with her mother near an elementary school in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Area residents said they were surprised to learn of the tragedy, but not shocked to learn where the pedestrian accident occurred. In fact, one resident called the stretch of Central Street that runs past Helen H. Hansen Elementary School “a horror show.”
The resident said accidents are common on the street near the school, where there is no crossing guard, crosswalk and people routinely drive over the speed limit. The child and her mother were walking to the elementary school Friday afternoon, reportedly to pick up two other children, when the 3-year-old was hit by a box truck. The child was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to reports, the mother was also pushing a baby she was looking after in a stroller at the time. It appears that traffic heading west on the road had stopped to let the three cross. Sadly, the 3-year-old let go of the stroller and was hit by a box truck after stepping into the road. So far, the driver of the truck has not been charged.
One of the first responders to the scene of the accident was a 21-year-old who was working at a nearby pizza restaurant and heard the sounds. He expressed anger that the driver had not seen the child. “You should be paying attention,” he said, “not just cruising.”
The area is equipped with flashing yellow lights and signs altering drivers that the speed limit slows to 20 mph in the school zone. This was the second pedestrian accident to occur on widely-separated sections Route 27 in the past week. On Sunday, a 38-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a pickup truck while attempting to cross the road in Whitman, where Route 27 is called Temple Road.
Hopefully, officials take the necessary action to make this road safer before additional innocent lives are lost.
Source: Enterprise, “Stoughton street called ‘horror show’ in wake of fatal accident,” Erin Shannon and Justin Graeber, Sept. 15, 2012