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Tufts Student in Critical Condition After Getting Hit by Car

Police are searching for witnesses.

Update, 12:30 p.m.: No charges have been filed at this time against the driver in a pedestrian accident that sent a Tufts student to the hospital in critical condition, according to an announcemnt from Somerville Police.

Police are still looking for witnesses.

They believe there was a pedestrian at the intersection who may have seen the accident. They also believe there was a car traveling in the opposite direction at the time of the accident. (The original article, below, suggested the other car was traveling in the same direction.)

Original story:

A 21-year-old Tufts student who lives in Somerville was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital Thursday night and is in critical condition after getting hit by a car at the intersection of Powder House Boulevard and Packard Avenue.

The accident happened shortly before 8:20 p.m., and Somerville Police are looking for witnesses to the accident, according to police.

The driver of the car who hit the student, also a Somerville resident, cooperated with investigators, police said, but they believe at least one more person was standing at the intersection when the accident took place and that another vehicle was driving behind the car involved in the accident.

Anyone with information should call (617) 625-1212, police said.

Jeff Murray December 05, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I hate to say it but anyone who gets hit at this intersection has only themselves to blame!!!!. i cant tell you how many times i drive around tufts just to see STUPID kids darting out into traffic,runners just running across streets without looking or dumb as students jumping into cross walks without looking... and they do it WORSE AT NIGHT!!!!! at least 3 times a day i slamonmy breaks for some idiot not paying attention to ANYTHING!!!!!!!!.. i saw three 5 minutes ago.. blasting headphones... walking across a major road like its not even a road... they simply are oblivious!!!!!... its not the drivers its the dumb people who just blast intoroads!!!!!!!!!!!!!...one of the first things i ever learned was to "look both ways before crossing"... NOBODY AROUND TUFTS DOES THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ANNOYING im surprised 10 people arent hit daily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. get your heads out of your ass people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark Kaepplein December 05, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Jeff, clearly you did not get the memo. Adults are now considered to be like children and thus never responsible for their own safety, only others. Bicycling and walking advocates have determined that motorists are always at fault no matter what stupid and illegal things they do.
Warren Dew December 06, 2012 at 07:12 AM
I'd be skeptical of any conclusions from a university funded study, as they're hardly an objective party here.
RWB December 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM
What's the condition of the Tufts student who was hit on Packard Ave? Does anyone know? I haven't seen any update about his condition. I've seen cars race through Davis Sq. and on Elm St. Speed traps should be set up more often to ticket and stop these reckless drivers. A big jump in their car insurance rate will make them think twice about speeding. RWB
Warren Dew April 01, 2013 at 06:51 AM
Just wanted to update people on this. The city changed the intersection to a 4 way blinking red a few days ago, as suggested by Ron above and seconded by several of the rest of us, and put 1-2 cruisers at the intersection for a couple days straight to, uh, "remind" people who didn't notice the change. I have to give this to Curtatone: when he does realize there is a problem and there is a reasonable fix, he does fix things rather than ignoring them.

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