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Pedestrian Hit on Main St. Near Bell Rock Park

The condition and identity of the woman, who was seen crossing the street by witnesses when she was hit by a silver Honda, remains unknown

A woman regularly seen by neighbors collecting bottles and cans near a Bell Rock Park neighborhood was struck by a vehicle heading south on Main St. Monday afternoon. 

The accident, which closed briefly closed traffic on the block just before 3 p.m., left a large bump on the hood of the silver Honda. 

Paramedics were seen lifting the woman on a stretcher and taking her on an ambulance, with apparent care not to injure her spine. 

Her identity and condition were not immediately available Monday. 

Kathleen Simone July 24, 2012 at 10:38 AM
People do not stop for pedestrians in this crosswalk. It is very frustrating. Even with a stroller, people will fly past me and even swerve into the other lane in order to go around me rather than stop.
Phe July 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM
My husband and I have had the same experience, Kathleen. Although our child is largely done with the stroller, even at red lights, vehicles will keep inching into the crosswalk while we have the walk light and have, on more than one occasion, come within a cm or so of tapping one of us. It's safer to be a pedestrian in Boston itself than Malden. I hope that this woman recovers.
Kelley July 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Seems it's not safer to be a pedestrian in Boston either. I am both a driver and sometimes a pedestrian. My estimation is that both can be at fault. Although I am sure in this case it might not be. Ever see someone just walk right out in the street? And I am not talking about jaywalking. And I, too, have seen drivers angrily skirt around someone walking who legally has the right of way. Seems today no one is paying attention AND that we are just too pre-occupied and don't care about each other anymore.
Maldonian since '89 July 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Would like to see RED & YELLOW lights at/near all school zones. This way motorists would have to WAIT at the light rather than take the turn on the red light. I would also like to see Walk Light buttons on ALL crossing lights. At MOST lights around this city there are absolutely NO buttons for a pedestrian to press when they want to cross the street. Just NOT sure why this is ? Let's face it ~ it's not safe crossing the street even with the light, but at least you have the light on your side. I walk our fine city as well as drive the local roads. Pedestrians must also have regard for motorists! Some feel that just because they jump off the sidewalk whenever they feel like it the car should stop. The car SHOULD stop, but the pedestrian must realize that in some instances stopping abruptly in some case may put the motorist AND the pedestrian in a bad situation and potentially in harms way. Both must use common sense and CAUTION! I was struck as a teenager myself. In that instance it was my fault. I walked out from in front of a stopped MBTA bus and the motorist just did not see me coming. Luckily I was not hurt. Hope this woman is O.K. Sending prayers her way.
William Josaphat July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Sad I hope she recovers
Ernest Albert Gylphe 3rd July 24, 2012 at 01:08 PM
How is that "near" Bellrock Park?... It's right in front of it!!!
Jim Bennington July 24, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Does anyone know how the guy who got hit on Eastern Ave last Thursday is?
Chris Caesar July 24, 2012 at 02:55 PM
...which means it's near the park, not inside of it.
Frank Mulligan July 24, 2012 at 03:01 PM
It does'nt matter where you LIVE. Driver's will do what they want'a.do. No City or Town will enforce the LAW. Even if someone is KILLED. We still have some GOOD police officer's . Alot of accidents that have been on T,V, . Nobody at fault. Good Luck Pedestrians.
cornucopia foods July 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I think candidate Ted Coates has it right. Build an over pass on every busy street in Malden. It may cost us millions but it's only money. Remember vote for Ted ward 9 candidate this coming August.
carol July 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I live on Willow St. and the corner of Bryant and Cross is brutal they drive like maniacs. they try to beat the light and then race down to my st. and you would not dare take a chance to walk accross the St. There had been auto accidents as well as people getting hit. Something should be done
Kathleen Simone July 24, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Boston is just as bad. I got hit there a few years ago by someone who turned without stopping for their stop sign first. I do think enforcing the law would help a great deal. I've been to other parts of the country where drivers stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
Frank Mulligan July 24, 2012 at 04:53 PM
If you call the City Council and the Mayor's Office just maybe you can get some support. Good Luck.
Phe July 24, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I've had better luck in Boston I guess - at least when it comes to people stopping and not inching forward to the point where we're almost hit in the crosswalk. The responsibility lies on all users of the road. In Germany, motorists and cyclists strictly followed the rules of the road and pedestrians *never* crossed without the signal to do so. I watched a fellow American saunter across a city street in Frankfurt against the light but with a clear break in traffic and the Germans I was waiting with had plenty to say to one another about the idiocy and arrogance of that person. It's simply not done. Oddly enough, there were far fewer incidents of accidents like this in general. Of course, for as frustrating and frightening as it is being a pedestrian in Malden, it's equally so as a driver. Apparently, no one knows (or cares) what sidewalks are for and feel perfectly safe walking down the road itself, especially with strollers. *facepalm*
david mokal July 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Kathleen Ive seen that so many time walking a stroller in the cross walk and almost getting run over. Too busy on there cell phones. I stopped for a gal with a carriage and the idiot in back of me blastin their horn for me to run them over. Its Unbelievable. So many times Ive seen what happened to you. Be Carefull out there.
david mokal July 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM
I live a stone's throw from Bell Rock Park since 1971 and the do speed by that park often. They definatly need caution lights of some kind. Trying to cross at the park is dangerouse so I cross at Bell Rock square
carol July 27, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I wish someone knew who is that poor Lady that got hit, I remember seeing a lovely lady who had a cart cashing in bottles at the Liquor Store on Broadway where the old CVS use to be. I feel so bad since this is the only way they can surport themselves. People who drive need to have patience, slow down, stop beeping your darn horns just because the light turns, keep your music down and STAY OFF THE PHONE!!!!!!

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