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Older Waltham Man Struck By Car

The man was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for treatment.

A 65-year-old Waltham man suffered a head injury on Feb. 28 after he was struck by a car at the intersection of Fiske and Main streets, according to Waltham Police.

At 6:54 p.m., Waltham Police and firefighters responded to a report of a pedestrian struck while crossing the street, according to police. When officers arrived, they found the man lying face down in the road bleeding form his head. The man had been crossing southerly across Main Street at the Fiske Street intersection. He was struck while in the crosswalk, according to police. 

The man was conscious immediately after the accident. The victim was taken by ambulance to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was in serious condition when he arrived, according to Police Sgt. William Gallant.  

The driver of the car, a 54-year-old Marlborough woman, stopped immediately after the incident, according to Gallant. Gallant said the driver was not facing charges at the moment but that the incident was still under investigation. Neither speed nor impairment were factors in the accident, according to police.

Karen Walz March 01, 2013 at 03:09 AM
I wonder if this is an issue of sufficient lighting. The crosswalks that cross Crescent that lead to the Watch Factory building are not lit, and on most evenings I have to slow down to a crawl to avoid hitting anyone in the crosswalk when they are VERY hard to see in the dark. I'm so sorry about what happened to this man--I can't help but think about the ill-lit crosswalks that are probably in many locations.
Don Cook March 01, 2013 at 01:07 PM
I wondered how old you have to be to be labeled an "older Waltham man" by Patch headline writers and more to the point, what is the value of such labeling?
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Don, To most people, 65 would be considered "older." Also, emphasizing the man's age in the headline is meant to reinforce the seriousness of the story and incident.
Joe March 01, 2013 at 03:43 PM
So does that mean that the driver is younger because they're younger than the older man; or are they also older because they're older than me
L Rollo March 01, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Let's just Pray for this poor man,and the woman who hit him. I cannot even Imagine living with myself after something like that. While we dont know who you are,we will pray for a full recovery!! amen
Joe March 01, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Agreed. Hope they will both be ok
Sharlene March 01, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Unfortunately people being hit at crosswalks is a terrible problem here in Waltham & MA in general. I lived in Toronto Canada for 40 years & in that city when you want to cross at a crosswalk you extend your arm out & point therefore making it clear to the drivers that it is your intent to cross. That simple gesture worked beautifully. Very few accidents occurred at crosswalks. Drivers here don’t seem to understand or care that the pedestrian has the right of way at a crosswalk. Last week at that same crossing at 3:00 PM, I stood put out my arm and pointed making my intention very clear. It took 3 cars speeding by me before the 4th car finally stopped to let me walk across the street. I think the fines need to be increased and the city of Waltham should have a safety campaign to encourage people to stop & point so drivers no longer can use the excuse that they didn’t see you. This is a very preventable problem.
Tina March 01, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Where is Fiske Street? What businesses on Main Street is it near?
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 09:06 PM
@Tina, Check out the Google Map. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=fiske+street+and+main+street,+waltham,+ma&hl=en&sll=42.378519,-71.24372&sspn=0.014012,0.023475&t=h&hnear=Main+St+%26+Fiske+St,+Waltham,+Middlesex,+Massachusetts+02451&z=16
CP March 01, 2013 at 10:22 PM
We have the same issues on Moody St. When its dark and raining people crossing the street not even in crosswalks are hard to see and let me tell you they do not hurry. I almost hit someone last Sunday around 6pm.
Robert Hachey March 02, 2013 at 08:57 PM
My wife was with the victim on Bus No. 70 on her way home from work. They exited the bus together and were waiting to cross Maine Street. When the victim crossed, my wife stood her ground, determining that it was not yet safe to cross. My wife says that she usually has to wait quite awhile at this cross walk an at the one located 1 block east at the corner of Maine an grant Streets. Cars do not seem to want to stop for pedestrians. My wife will be trying Sharlene's technique which is a good one. I agree that we should come up with a universal signal to b used by pedestrians at cross walks. Also, my wife tells me that many of the local cross walks are in need of repainting and brightening. Let us keep the victim an the driver in our thoughts and prayers. Last night, my wife crossed Maine at Grant Street. She waited for a lull in the busy traffic an proceeded across. Suddenly, a car proceeding east bound sped by just as she stepped up onto the curb. That made her relive the trauma of the previous evening. Time for lots more stake outs to catch and slow down speeders. Just to be clear, the driver on Thursday evening was not speeding in my wife's opinion.

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