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Three Brandeis Students Struck by Lexus

The crash occurred Sunday evening.

Three Brandeis University students were crossing in a South Street crosswalk on campus Sunday evening when they were struck by a Lexus, according to a Waltham Police release.

The undergraduate students, an 18-year-old male, 18-year-old female and 22-year-old female, were transported to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston with serious injuries, police said. They were all stable Sunday night, according to police.

A 42-year-old Belmont man was driving the Lexus. He did not appear to be impaired at the scene, but the investigation is ongoing and any charges will be determined after it’s completed, police said.

The Lexus was traveling northbound when it hit the students at about 6:24 p.m.

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waltham rocks February 03, 2014 at 08:39 AM
Terrible area - but more for drivers. First Brandeis built a bridge over South Street, but the students didn't use it. So they also installed this cross-walk nearby. The problem is it's in a blind spot - around a corner and over a hill, so it's very difficult to see the lights flashing or people in it until you're too close. On top of that, people crossing in it seem oblivious that cars are traveling 30MPH (sadly, speeding more than that), and they move slowly in the cross walk. This isn't an intersection cross walk - it's in the middle of a road with cars traveling full speed who can't see it. What's going to be next? A 12 foot fence stretching for a mile in each direction forcing people to use the bridge? It's frustrating...it's as much question of pedestrians using their brains as it is about cars speeding, but as I said, this poor driver may not have done anything wrong.
lairzt February 03, 2014 at 09:31 AM
No doubt speeding. Must have been his first time driving that road? Come on, it's a school. It's kids. Drive like a fuddy-duddy in that Lexus if you can.
CKing February 03, 2014 at 10:16 AM
South St is the worst.
Ace February 03, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Agree about the curve and the typical speeds there. It's just a poorly designed section of road. More lighting might help as would a warning light 500 yards away like they have in Wellesley near the MassBay campus.
Nick Low February 03, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Why is the mention of the Lexus so prominent in the headlines and article? If it had been a Honda Accord would the headine have read "struck by Honda". The headline is clearly classist and meant to elicit a reaction against the driver; an editorial disguised as a news article.
CKing February 03, 2014 at 12:10 PM
How about Waltham posts speed limit signs?
GrampaJoe February 03, 2014 at 12:57 PM
How about another traffic light, but that would mean the students need to adhere to it's use. Better yet, a tunnel under South St. connecting the upper campus to the East Side of the school.
waltham rocks February 03, 2014 at 04:27 PM
This discussion is moving off topic and bordering on ignorant. Ace makes the best suggestion that supports my observations. The cross walk needs a warning light. It's not fair to driver or pedestrian that as soon as a driver comes up to the cross walk with people in it, it's too late.
Marshall Ottina February 03, 2014 at 04:42 PM
CKing, you're absolutely right. The speeders on Lake St. and Lincoln St. are bound to hit a kid walking to or from the MacArthur school sooner or later. We had a digital sign on Lake St, by Lazazzero Playground that worked for about two days. The only other sign in the vicinity is down by Wyman/Smith St. Not nearly enough signage for main streets in residential neighborhoods that get used as shortcuts to 128 by people that don't care about us or our kids.
waltham rocks February 03, 2014 at 05:55 PM
Laquisha - there's a crosswalk on south street you should find and use repeatedly. If you don't have anything constructive to say, no...let me help you, if you don't have anything stupid to say, which based on what I just reviewed is just about everything you've ever posted on these pages, please find something else to do.
Alice H February 03, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Laquisa Jones - you are such an obvious fraud trying to write in black dialect. My guess is that you are a white male and a rascist to boot.
Marshall Ottina February 03, 2014 at 08:47 PM
Don't feed the trolls.
Deva February 04, 2014 at 10:34 AM
It's a two-situation up there: one, you have the cars that go way to fast. I've been guilty of this. And two, being that I drive by there all the time, all too often I've seen students just walk out into the street without a care in the world. Without even looking sometimes. That crosswalk should be removed and the students should be forced to use the bridge. Period.
Deva February 04, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Why are there no grammar guidelines in the Patch? Ed.?
Tinker Bell February 04, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Deva--that solution might help the students, but what about the people who live on this street and are afraid to even cross it to go to Nipper Park because cars drive too fast? Having the students use the bridge only solves half the problem, speeding will still be a problem as it has been for a while and will continue to be unless more action is taken. Hopefully it won't come down to yet another accident to happen for something to be done. It is not a highway, and people drive like it is. I have had items fall off shelves in my home from trucks driving so fast and hitting bumps at 40+mph. They certainly can't stop on a dime for a pedestrian!
Deva February 04, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Isn't Nipper about a quarter-mile away? And "Laquisha" or whatever you name is, it was meant to say "two-fold situation" and most people with a normal comprehension of basic grammar could've figured out what I was saying. Try not listening to 94.5 for your English lessons.
Deva February 04, 2014 at 11:46 AM
The solution to this is simple: Start pulling people over. Put two cruisers in each direction. Anyone doing anything over the 30 MPH limit gets a ticket. Do this for a few weeks and you'll see things begin to change.
waltham rocks February 04, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Deva - you could make the same case for every street in Waltham or any other city/town for that matter. There are only so many police and only so many things they can do. But we don't even know yet if this car was speeding or just couldn't see the kids at night in a crosswalk where it's difficult to see even in the daylight. This isn't a typical crosswalk with traffic signals at a 4-way-stop intersection.
Raj February 04, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Lake and Lincoln are notorious. Everyday at MacArthur the crossing guard has to yell "SLOW!!!" at the top of her lungs as drivers fly through the crosswalk, at speeds more than double the flashing 20 mph limit. Last week, for the first time in years WPD had a speed trap there and it looked like the officer nabbed several. The sign on Lincoln reports their speed , but most ignore it in their rush to get to 128. And they have their smartphones in hand . It is scary.
lairzt February 04, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Deva has legitimate points. Laquisha not so much. Remember the slogan 'speed kills'? Lucky this time. Do speeders speed in their own neighborhood? Of course not. Every street is a in someone's neighborhood. Careless we are, in one way or another.
Deva February 04, 2014 at 01:31 PM
I doubt you even know what it means.
lairzt February 04, 2014 at 01:55 PM
I'm sure it's Deva not Diva.
GrampaJoe February 04, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Maybe they need to install speed bumps. Something we all wish Lasquisha's dad had run into.
Maddie Chambers February 04, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Three students were just hit in a crosswalk at UMass Amherst last night too, it is a problem everywhere; both with speeders and the ignorance of walkers who think cars will always stop for them when they walk out, even if they are in a crosswalk.
Deva February 04, 2014 at 03:26 PM
The speedbump idea would totally work. Some of the 'burbs have the 20 Mph. bumps like in Allston on Washington St. Keeps traffic slow. And you are correct Lairzt.
Baba Booey February 04, 2014 at 05:56 PM
More evidence of the dumbing down of young people and society in general. It doesn't get more rudimentary than "look both ways before crossing the street".
Deva February 04, 2014 at 09:02 PM
I don't think they teach kids that anymore Baba.
Tim H February 04, 2014 at 09:32 PM
I think you have something. The phrase "look both ways before crossing the street" has been replaced with "the pedestrian has the right of way" without any consideration that the driver may not see the pedestrian. People often walk into a cross walk expecting all vehicles to stop. Once you include the fact that both the pedestrian and driver could be distracted by cell phone, it's an accident waiting to happen. That being said, we still don't have enough facts about the accident to determine how best to prevent it in the future.
lairzt February 05, 2014 at 11:06 AM
"Crosswalk in Use" warnings lights are very effective as seen in Wellesley. A lot more money for sure. Perhaps Jehuda Reinharz could donate something? From: www.mhd.state.ma.us/.../Crosswalks.pdf In‐Roadway Warning Lights In‐roadway warning lights are amber lights embedded in the roadway on both sides of a crosswalk that begin flashing when activated by a pedestrian, thereby alerting drivers that a pedestrian is in the vicinity of the crosswalk.
Frosty the Snowman February 06, 2014 at 01:35 AM
Speed Humps/Bumps do nothing, people slow down for them seconds before they floor it to the next one, they damage landscaping trailers and other low bed vehicles that will travel that road. Brandeis should rebuild their walkways and landscaping funneling students to the foot bridge. Bentley did it on Beaver Street, that or construct another footbridge closer to Stanley, the current footbridge was built before the expansion of lower campus. Pedestrians, unplug your headphones, look up at crossings, don't text and walk across streets, my car weighs tons you will lose in a collision guaranteed. I like GrandpaJoes's idea of tunnels, they build them under highways for wildlife.

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