Hit-and-run near Packard Ave. sends pedestrian to hospital
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 23, 2012 07:01
A woman was struck by a car while crossing the intersection of Powderhouse Boulevard. and Packard Avenue. shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday, the Somerville Patch reported.
Witnesses told the Patch that as the woman was crossing the street, the car sped into the intersection, honked, struck the woman and then fled westward along Powderhouse Boulevard. The woman suffered a gash to her forehead, witnesses said, but she appeared alert as she was loaded into an ambulance.
It was not immediately clear whether the woman is a Tufts student.
The same intersection, which is marked only by flashing red traffic lights, was the site of three pedestrian and cyclist accidents in September, all of which involved Tufts students being struck by cars. All three students were briefly hospitalized, but none of them was seriously injured.
In July, however, three victims suffered serious injuries there when the Somerville Fire Department needed the Jaws of Life to extricate them from a two-vehicle crash.
Somerville residents have long expressed anxiety about the intersection. In 1950, the Somerville Board of Aldermen agreed to have stop signs installed there after local parents complained about their children having to navigate the heavy traffic on their way to and from school.