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Woman Killed in Pedestrian Accident Identified

A spokeswoman with the Middlesex District Attorney's office has confirmed the victim as Qiuli Chen, 50, of Malden.

The Middlesex District Attorney's office has confirmed the identity of a Malden woman who was killed crossing Broadway near 99 Gas earlier this week. 

Quili Chen, 50, was crossing the street with a 45-year-old male companion when the two were struck by a female driver Wednesday night.

The man, not identified, was hospitalized with serious injuries but later released from Mass General Hospital. 

The incident remains under investigation.

William Walsh January 12, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Just another example of people driving too fast on that road. Pedestrians should be able to cross that road regardless of a crosswalk which doesn't stop drivers anyways.
Nick Wright January 12, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Do you know how this accident took place, Bill? You're speaking as if it were a matter of fact, when I've seen PLENTY of pedestrians doing reckless things, including the most recent accident involving a Malden resident. I've also noticed an influx of people walking in the street, especially after snow, so who says these folks weren't endangering themselves? The police claimed that the driver was paying attention, and no arrests have been made or charges filed, so implying that the driver was being reckless is quite the assumption.
Nick Wright January 12, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Also, if you cross without a crosswalk, you're ILLEGALLY crossing the road. At night, I don't expect random pedestrians to run out in front of my car on a road that moves as fast as Broadway. Of course, you have to be prepared for the unexpected, but at night, pedestrians can see cars better than drivers can see pedestrians. SOME of the responsibility should be on pedestrians to make smart decisions. It's easier to stop crossing than it is to stop a car going 30-40.
Jdubz January 12, 2013 at 07:43 PM
People just cross and expect the car to stop for them its rediculous even when i have a green light they ppl cross and sometimes dont even look and they take their sweet time crossing
Nick Wright January 12, 2013 at 08:05 PM
And I'm not putting blame on the pedestrian, either. I'm just giving a counter-argument. We don't know exactly how it went down, but assuming it's always the driver's fault, to me, means you don't drive enough to realize the dumb things pedestrians do. Drivers do dumb things as well, but pedestrians are equally dumb.
Leonardo DaVinci January 12, 2013 at 08:33 PM
One of the most dangerous pedestrian crossing is at the end of Pearl St. right after the Football Stadium. Drivers who need to go right, must take the one way entrance onto Centre St., but must look down Pleasant to see if cars have a red light and or make sure no auto has run a yellow light, as many people heading toward the T-Station cross illegally directly in the path of the short auto entrance. This action is continuious all day long, putting many pedestrians and drivers at risk.. Pedestians are crossing illegally and are taking a much higher risk crossing in front of the one way entrance onto Centre St. The City should try to discourage pedestrians from crossing at that spot, with either signs or barriers. There is also a cross walk about 75 yds. down the sidewalk that allows a person much safer access to the Train Station, and posses much less risk but is seldom used. The likelyhood of someone being struck at this crossing is very high. The city should consider putting physical barriers or signs directing pedestrains to use the cross walk, at the lights at the end of Pearl St. or walking further to the cross walk down along Centre St. close to the fence along the Stadium. Pedestrian traffic is only going to expand with the coming of the new Minor League ball park. This particular crossing is a nightmare for drivers trying to enter Centre St. because they must keep his eye on the oncoming traffic but look quickly back to check for pedestrians crossing illegally.
Stephen Winslow January 14, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Badly designed road.. There are no crosswalks from the Everett line to Route 60.. This is a prime candidate for a conversion from a 4-lane road to a 2-lane road with a center turn lane..
david mokal January 14, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Pedestrian has the right of way regardless.
Nick Wright January 14, 2013 at 09:58 PM
That's not true at all.
Nick Wright January 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM
The reason people are getting hit is because they are convinced of that, David. When did we stop teaching people to look both ways (and then one more time) before crossing the street? I complained to the mayor once already because they put those "state law - yield to pedestrians" signs in places where that law applies. So, as an FYI, here's how it works. Pedestrians have the "right of way" when crossing in a crosswalk wither with the traffic light or in crosswalks where no traffic light is available. So, if there's a button to press to get the "Walk" light, then they must do so. If it's a crosswalk in the middle of a street with no button to be pressed, then cars must stop for them. The law states that you have to stop for them if they are in your half of the road. Meaning, if they step off the curb on the far side of the road, I don't have to stop for them. I have to stop for them if they are standing at the line, or on the curb on my side. That's the law. It's easily accessible on the ma.gov website.
krissy o January 17, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I don't care where it is in Malden have you ever tried to cross the street in a crosswalk? First of all the light to walk changes in less than 5 seconds so everyone is literally running to not get hit. Then theres always some cars that have a green light at the same time i have the light to cross and have had cars beep at me. Well guess what you might have a green light but so do I and I have children and I am ALWAYS in a crosswalk as I am trying to teach them to cross a street without getting hit. Even in the crosswalk with a walk light people don"t let you cross. This city is bound to have fatalities as cars dont let walkers cross the street. If you try to cross in this city you are taking your life in your hands.

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