SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police are investigating after a woman was struck and killed by a car on Dickinson Street in Springfield Thursday night.
According to Springfield Police Department Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, at around 8:05 p.m., officers were called to the area of the 200 block of Dickinson Street for a crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian. The adult woman was taken to Baystate Medical Center where she died due to her injuries.
The driver remained at the accident. The Springfield Police Traffic Bureau is conducting the investigation.
According to MassDOT traffic data, there have been 48 crashes involving pedestrians this year in Springfield, two deadly. On June 15th a man died after being hit by a vehicle on St. James Ave.
Pedestrian safety group, Walk Boston, states there was a 35 percent increase in deadly pedestrian crashes in 2022, compared to the previous year and this year we’re seeing more of the same. Of the 351 total cities and towns in Massachusetts, 60 had a deadly pedestrian crash in 2022 and some factors of the incidents are infrastructure, speeding and distracted driving.
22News spoke to community members who live and work by the area of that crash on Dickinson Street, they make sure to be extra cautious.
“They drive a little too fast and we have to watch and make sure they clear before I walk,” said Cathy Tai, owner of Cathy’s Beauty Supply.
“The biggest problem that I find living here and crossing these streets is just people that drive aggressively. They come around the corner, they don’t expect someone to be standing there trying to cross,” said Thomas Balcom of Springfield.
A bill was passed last year by former Governor Charlie Baker in response to all of these crashes, requiring all drivers to provide at least four feet of space between them and “vulnerable road users” when passing. That law went into effect in April.
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