A biker was killed on Thursday near the Sullivan Square MBTA Station in Charlestown, Massachusetts, after he was struck by what witnesses described as a white sanitation truck with black lettering. The hit-and-run accident happened at the busy intersection of Cambridge Street and Spice Street at about 1:40 pm, on Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Police later identified Ricky Prezioso of Swampscott as the driver who left the scene of the accident. Prezioso’s arraignment was sheduled to be held Friday morning in Chelsea District Court for leaving the scene of an accident after causing death. If found guilty, Prezioso could face imprisonment for 2 1/2 to 10 years and fines between $1,000 – $5,000.
In addition to the driver facing criminal responsibility, the owner of the commercial truck involved could face civil liability to the victim’s family. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Reguldations, owners of certain types of commercial trucks that are used in the course of trade or commerce must ensure that their trucks meet minimum safety standards, are inspected regularly and that their drivers have ongoing training. Any misstep by an owner of a commercial truck could trigger tremendous exposure to the owner’s business.
According to the Boston Globe, this is the first bicycle fatality of the year in Boston. There were five other bicycle deaths in Boston in 2012. There was no accurate data for bicycle deaths in 2013 according to the news report.
MassBike, an advocacy group dedicated to promoting a bicycling friendly environment and encouraging bicycling fun, fitness and transportation, supported two pieces of legislation in 2013 to increase safety for bicyclists and other “vulnerable users.” The legislation identifies vulnerable users as bicyclists, pedestrians, wheel chair users and other non-motorized road users.
A pregnant woman was walking with her 11 year old son on a Stoughton sidewalk this past weekend, when she was struck by an out of control car being driven in reverse. The mother was able to save her 11 year old by telling him to run to safety according to a story in the EnterpriseNews.com.
The driver of the car that careened in reverse across the street was arrested Sunday night by Stoughton police after she allegedly failed field sobriety tests. The driver has pleaded “not guilty” to five counts including motor vehicle homocide while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Following her arraignment in Stoughton District Court on Monday, the accused driver was held on $500,000 cash bail.
A Cambridge, Massachusetts man is being held without bail today on charges for a car accident that left one pedestrian dead and four others injured in a seven car pile-up outside a Chatham ice cream parlor. According to reports in the Boston Herald, the accused pleaded not guilty to charges of drunk driving, assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for police, speeding, operating an unregistered vehicle and driving without a license. He is being held without bail pending a “dangerousness hearing” to take place on Wednesday.
In the same Herald report, the accused license had been suspended by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles in 2009 after being deemed an “immediate threat.” According to the RMV’s website, a driver’s license can be suspended if the Register determines that the driver poses an “immediate threat” to public safety.
Harwich police reported that the accused led them on a wild chase through two Cape towns. The chase ended in a seven car pile up outside a popular Chatham ice cream parlor that tragically resulted in the death of a pedestrian.
The accused driver apparently had a history of car chases as he had led police through 12 Cape Cod towns in a high-speed chase back in 2001.
A Fall River driver was arrested by police and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death for the fatal hit and run accident of a Somerset man using a motorized wheelchair last week. Police had been searching for the driver of the Avalon since responding to the accident. According to a report in Boston.com, police acted on a reverse 911 call from the driver’s wife who was calling to report that her father-in-law owned a car matching the description that police were looking for.
According to police, the driver told them that on the night of the fatality, he was returning home after watching a Bruins’ game. He initially stopped at the scene after hitting the man in the wheelchair and spoke with the occupants of a car behind him that had also stopped. He then fled the scene.
The conviction for leaving the scene of an accident that results in death, can result in a jail sentence of no less than 2 1/2 years with a maximum of 10 years and a fine of between $1,000 to $5,000. The survivors of someone killed in a hit-and-run accident may also have civil claims against the driver that are separate from the criminal claims brought by the state.
A man in a motorized wheelchair was struck in a crosswalk at the intersection of Davol and Central Streets Sunday morning, according to the Fall River Herald News. The Fall River pedestrian reported that he entered the crosswalk and waved at a driver who had stopped his vehicle at the intersection. The next thing he knew, he was struck by the car.
The driver of the car told police he stopped at the stop sign on Davol Street before proceeding into the intersection. He heard a loud bang and thought he’d hit the curb, not the wheelchaired pedestrian. The driver reports he never saw the man.
The accident emphasizes the dangers that people who are in wheelchairs face when they cross streets in Massachusetts. Laws in the Commonwealth require that when traffic control signals are not present at an intersection, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to pedestrians within a marked crosswalk. Pedestrians using a wheelchair, however, are usually more difficult to see from a vehicle according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation.
Fall River police issued a citation to the driver of the car for a stop sign violation according to the Herald story.
A twenty year old Norton, Massachusetts woman admitted in a text to a friend that she was drunk before she got into her car to drive home. Moments later, she crashed into another car and injured two victims, according to a report in the NY Daily News.
The story in the Daily reports that the under age driver was making her way home along a windnig road in Attleboro, Massachusetts at about 3:30 am. Before getting in her car, she allegedly sent a text stating “ah so drunk gonna go home to sleep by myself because I love and only want to stay with you.”
The two victims were traveling in the opposite lane and realized that the drunken driver was driving in their lane. The victim told NBC 10 that she flashed her high-beams at the driver to try and get her attention, but she just continued driving and hit them head-on.
Police who arrived on the scene allege that the driver had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit in Massachusetts.
The other injured victim reportedly told another news outlet that “you definitely shouldn’t text and drive…and, you definitely shouldn’t text someone that you’re drunk and then drive.”
The drunk driver plead not guilty to charges of driving under the influence and driving to endanger.
Good luck to all participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge this weekend!
About the Pan-Mass Challenge.Packed with roughly 5,000 cyclists riding through 46 towns of Massachusetts, the Pan-Mass challenge is a fully loaded bike-athon that has historically raised more money for cancer research and treatment in one event than any other in the country. Over the span of two days, cyclists travel distances ranging from 25 to 190 miles. But, cycling is only part of the challenge. In order to ride, participants must raise between $500 and $4,200 all to be donated to cancer research and treatment programs through the Jimmy Fund.
The Jimmy Fund
“Founded in 1948 to raise funds for patient care and the fight against children’s cancer, the Jimmy Fund now supports the search for new cancer treatments and cures for both adults and children at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised more than $750 million, including $61 million in 2010. Eighty-nine cents of every dollar raised supports Dana-Farber’s lifesaving mission.”
More from their wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Fund and
36 SouthCoast riders participating this weekend!
At Phillips Garcia, we specialize in Bicycle Accident Law and would like to wish all participants a Fun and Safe ride.
March 4, 2010 – Boston, Mass. – A disabled man who was nearly crushed to death while working on a Massachusetts construction site in 2006 was successful in a personal injury lawsuit against the companies that were responsible for the unsafe worksite.
According to Boston Herald Derrick Daigle, 27-a former laborer with a learning disability-narrowly missed being killed in a Lexington worksite accident in December, 2006. The accident was the result of improperly welded steel on a worksite platform.
The victims’ injuries necessitated multiple surgeries to his leg. Additionally, he had to endure several weeks of hospitalization and suffered a bone infection. He will likely have to cope with arthritic joints for the remainder of his life.
The company that constructed the steel was Novel Iron Works and Rose Steel was responsible for erecting it. Both companies are located in Greenland, New Hampshire and were named in the personal injury lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Massachusetts construction site accident, you may be eligible for a personal injury lawsuit. The Massachusetts personal injury attorneys at Phillips & Garcia will fight for your rights in your personal injury case. We are committed to protecting your best interests and helping you collect the damages you need and deserve to move on with your life. If you have been injured in a Massachusetts accident, contact Phillips & Garcia today to schedule your FREE legal consultation – (877) 892-5620.
March 2, 2010 – Norwood, Mass. – A Westwood teen died in a single-car accident Saturday night on Winter Street in Norwood, Mass. His two passengers, also teens, suffered personal injuries in the crash.
According to WickedLocal, Paul Hanley, 17, was driving his 2005 Jeep Cherokee while out with friends. At about 12:17 a.m., he struck a utility pole and then crashed into a stone wall. One of the accident victims, Joel Priestly, 17, was found standing outside the vehicle when police arrived. Priestly was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and has since been released.
The other passenger, Robert Foxx, 19, had to be removed from the Jeep using the Jaws of Life. He was taken to Beth Israel, and is currently in stable condition.
Police continue to investigate the cause of the single-car accident, and authorities said icy conditions at the time of the crash may have been a factor.
Paul Hanley was a well-liked student at Westwood High school, where he played football. A memorial mass held at St. Margaret Mary’s Church was well-attended by his peers.
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