Visually Impaired Pedestrian Struck While Crossing Arsenal Street

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The Middlesex District Attorney’s office is investigating an incident where a vehicle struck a visually-impaired pedestrian who was crossing Arsenal Street Tuesday morning.

The pedestrian, who volunteers at the Perkins School For The Blind, was struck near Beechwood Avenue and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious injuries, according to a press release from District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office.

“It is state law that drivers must come to a complete stop for someone in a crosswalk,” Ryan said. “In real driving conditions, what this law means is that people who are driving really should slow down when approaching any crosswalk so that if a pedestrian is trying to cross the street the driver will have plenty of time to safely stop, thus preventing an injury to the pedestrian and preventing other vehicles from rear-ending the vehicle which is stopping.”

The driver of the vehicle which allegedly struck the pedestrian at 6:55 a.m. pulled to the side of the road and then he spoke to police officers.

This incident is under investigation by the Watertown Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

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