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Statewide Fatal Crashes In MA, December 2022

Statewide Fatal Crashes In MA, December 2022

Each month, we post about the fatal crashes in Massachusetts from the previous month, and share any trends that we see. For the full list of monthly posts, head here. Earlier this year, we released a year in review for 2021 to highlight common issues.

Last month, we took a look at crashes listed in the MassDOT Crash Portal in November; nine were identified as people walking. In this post, we’ll look at crashes in MA in December 2022. The information in the chart below is compiled from news reports, and was checked against the MassDOT Crash Portal Dashboard “Fatal Crash Information.” Any Google Street View images included below use the address listed in the crash portal.

  • Of the 34 fatal crashes in Massachusetts in December in the MassDOT Crash portal, 8 were identified as people walking.
  • The average age of pedestrians hit & killed in December was 56.125.
  • We could not find any additional information for two of the fatal crashes.

Date12/10/2022, 11:02 AM
Location331 Highland Ave.
TownSalem
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age69
SexF

NBC10Boston reports 69-year old Karen Raffa was struck and killed by a 87-year old driver in the parking lot of a doctor’s office.

This fatal crash happened in a parking lot, which is usually not included in FARS crash data. According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, Highland Avenue (State Route 107) is under MassDOT jurisdiction. It is a two way divided street, with two lanes and a shoulder in each direction. There is a sidewalk on each side. The speed limit is unclear, with 35mph and 45mph both listed in the database.


Date12/11/2022, 2:38 AM
LocationI-93 NORTH, near EXIT 15
TownBoston
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age26
SexM

We could not find any additional news coverage of this crash. If you have any information, please let us know.

There was a fatal pedestrian crash near this location in the southbound lanes of I-93 in October.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, I-93 is under MassDOT jurisdiction. It is a limited access highway, with 4 travel lanes in each direction with a divided median. The speed limit is 55mph. 


Date12/12/2022, 12:48 PM
LocationHarrison Ave. + Bernardston Rd.
TownGreenfield
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age72
SexM

We could not find any additional news coverage of this crash. If you have any information, please let us know.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, Bernardston Road is under MassDOT jurisdiction and Harrison Avenue is under local jurisdiction. Each is a two way street, with one lane in each direction. There is a sidewalk on each side. The speed limit is 30mph. 


Date12/14/2022, 3:42 PM
LocationCongress St. + Dwight St.
TownSpringfield
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age62
SexM

A 62-year old man was struck and killed by a driver at Congress and Dwight Street in Springfield.

WWLP talked to a police spokesperson in response to this crash:

Walsh said Springfield police officers have issued 2,000 more traffic citations this year than last year already. The department credits that for reducing the number of deadly crashes, nine this year compared to 20 last year.

“Things have gotten better in the city of Springfield thanks to the enforcement and all the infrastructure efforts being forth by Chris Cignoli and the DPW,” said Walsh.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and the Police Department said they were frustrated by the court’s role in this, calling on the justice system to keep some of these dangerous drivers off the roads.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, Congress Street and Dwight Street are both under local jurisdiction. Congress Street is a two way street, with one lane in each direction. Dwight Street is a two way street, with two lanes in each direction and an additional turn lane at the signalized intersection.There is a sidewalk on each side of both streets. There are crosswalks at all four legs of the intersection. The speed limit for Congress Street is 30mph. The speed limit is unclear for Dwight Street, as it is not indicated in the database.


Date12/20/2022, 5:34 PM
Location251 Piper Rd. + Monastery Ave.
TownWest Springfield
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age25
SexF

Neely Murray and her dog, Chance, were hit and killed by a 22-year old driver while they were crossing the street in a crosswalk.

Western Mass News spoke to a nearby resident:

“I realized that the accident happened the road was blocked off and I immediately thought of that crosswalk at Monastery as we’ve had problems there many times in the past,” said Nichole Bottaro of West Springfield.

Bottaro is just one of many residents who told Western Mass News that people drive too fast in that area of town.

“There have been times where we stood at the crosswalk for at least 10 minutes, not a single car has stopped. There have been times where cars have stopped and a car behind them tried to go out and around when we are mid crosswalk and almost been hit,” Bottaro added.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, Piper Road and Monastery Avenue are under local jurisdiction. Each road is a two way street, with one lane in each direction. There is a sidewalk on each side of Piper Road at this location, and on one side beyond the intersection; there are no sidewalks on Monastery Ave. There is a crosswalk at this location across Piper Rd. The speed limit is 35mph. 


Date12/23/2022, 11:31 AM
LocationSR-132 (1481 Iyannough Rd.)
TownCenterville
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age31
SexM

The Cape Cod Times reports a 31-year old man was struck and killed by the driver of a disposal truck on Route 132 in Hyannis. (Centerville is one of the seven villages of Hyannis.)

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, Iyannough Road is under MassDOT jurisdiction. It is a two way road, with two lanes in each direction and a median. There is a sidewalk on one side. The speed limit is 45mph. 


Date12/26/2022, 1:27 PM
Location93 West St.
TownDouglas
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age71
SexF

NBC1oBoston reports 71-year old Dong Mei Ying was struck and killed near her driveway on West Street by the driver of a Honda CRV. The name of the driver has not been released, but police said they were under age 18.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, West Street is under local jurisdiction. It is a two way street, with one lane in each direction. There is no sidewalk. The speed limit is unclear, with 99mph and 30mph both listed in the database.


Date12/26/2022, 8:43 PM
Location414 North Main St.
TownSharon
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age93
SexM

WCVB reports 93-year old Joseph Vasconcelos was struck and killed by a driver on Route 27 (North Main Street), near the intersection of Bayberry Drive and the entrance to the Sharon Green Condominiums.

The Boston Globe shared a quote from the District Attorney’s office:

“There was significant damage on the passenger side, which would be consistent with hitting someone who was walking in the roadway, on the side of the road,” Traub said.

What is not included in the article is that there is only a sidewalk on one side of North Main Street.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, North Main Street is under local jurisdiction. It is a two way street, with one lane in each direction. There is a sidewalk on one side. The speed limit is 35mph.


Updates

If you have an update about a community member who was killed in one of these crashes, please contact Brendan so we can update our 2022 list. WalkBoston has maintained a list each year since 2016, pulling the information from news reports, social media, and from people like you that share the information with us.

Yearly trackers:  |  ||||| 2022

Report: Fatal Pedestrian Crashes in MA (2021)


Reminder about the data from the MassDOT portal

MassDOT makes no representation as to the accuracy, adequacy, reliability, availability or completeness of the crash records or the data collected from them and is not responsible for any errors or omissions in such records or data. Under no circumstance will MassDOT have any liability for any loss or damage incurred by any party as a result of the use of the crash records or the data collected from them. Furthermore, the data contained in the web-based crash report tool are not an official record of what transpired in a particular crash or for a particular crash type. If a user is interested in an official copy of a crash report, contact the Registry (http://www.mass.gov/rmv/). The City of Boston Police Department may be contacted directly for official copies of crash reports and for crash data pertaining to the City of Boston. In addition, any crash records or data provided for the years after 2018 are subject to change at any time and are not to be considered up-to-date or complete. As such, open years’ of crash data are for informational purposes only and should not be used for analysis. The data posted on this website, including crash records and other reports, are collected for the purpose of identifying, evaluating or planning the safety enhancement of potential crash sites, hazardous roadway conditions or railway-highway crossings. Under federal law, this information is not subject to discovery and cannot be admitted into evidence in any federal or state court proceeding or considered for other purposes in any action for damages that involves the sites mentioned in these records (see 23 USC, Section 409).

Main Street and Union Street West Springfield Walk Audit

Main Street and Union Street West Springfield Walk Audit

On Monday, November 15, 2021, with an invitation from the Town of West Springfield’s Mass in Motion coordinator, Becky Basch, Senior Planner at the Pioneer Valley Commission, WalkBoston led a walk audit focused on the areas surrounding Main  The Town of West Springfield, and this residential area, is home to a diverse population with many languages and cultures represented.

The purpose for this walk audit was to follow up on a Park Access Project completed through the Mass in Motion program in 2019, that found that the Merrick neighborhood has the highest density of residential development and the smallest amount of park land available to residents in the immediate areas. As the Town has plans to make improvements on Main Street in 2022, the Department of Public Works is open to including recommendations from the Walk Audit in its plans.  The Town is also planning to make improvements on Union Street in the next few years and is looking to improve connections for bicycle users to current projects on Memorial Ave and Park Drive. 

The walk audit included portions of Main Street and Union Street that are home to popular markets, a food pantry, a charter school, Ascentria Care Alliance, and Main Street Playground. The recommendations provided in this report are broken down into both short- and long-term recommendations, which can provide temporary traffic calming measures and improved pedestrian infrastructure while more long-term interventions are planned. 

Read the full report here.

Statewide Fatal Crashes in MA, June 2021

Statewide Fatal Crashes in MA, June 2021

Each month in 2021, we plan to post about the fatal crashes in Massachusetts from the previous month, and share any trends that we see. Last month, we took a look at the 8 fatal crashes listed in the MassDOT Crash Portal in May. In this post, we’ll look at crashes in MA in June 2021. The information in the chart below is compiled from news reports, and was checked against the MassDOT Crash Portal Dashboard “Fatal Information by Year.” The Google Street View images included below use the address listed in the crash portal.

  • Of the 38 fatal crashes in Massachusetts in June in the MassDOT Crash portal, 4 were identified as people walking.
  • The crash portal does not include names. The names of 2 of the people walking who died have not been made public yet.
  • The average age of pedestrians hit & killed in June was 63.5.
  • At least 2 of the crashes were hit & runs (as referenced in news articles).
  • The name of the person driving was not identified in 3 of the crashes in news articles that we found.

Date6/8/2021, 6:34 AM
LocationSR-2 EAST, MM 38.4
TownShelburne
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age45
SexF

45 year old Rhonda Thompson was out on a morning walk along the breakdown lane of Mohawk Trail / Rt 2 in Shelburne Falls when she was struck and killed by Peter Toomey. The Hampshire Franklin Daily Voice reports that he has pleaded not guilty to charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death; negligent motor vehicle homicide; and failure to stay in marked lanes. The district attorney said the defendant told police his truck had struck a deer the previous evening; once placed under arrest, he said he did not stop since the woman he with was with someone whom he assumed would summon help.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, this street is under MassDOT jurisdiction. This stretch of road is one lane in each direction with shoulders on each side. The speed limit is 50 mph and there are no sidewalks.


Date6/17/2021, 3:31 PM
Location46 Daggett Dr.
TownWest Springfield
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age34
SexF

An unidentified 34 year old woman was hit and killed in West Springfield on Daggett Drive. The West Springfield Police Department were asking witnesses to come forward to help their investigation.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, this street is under local jurisdiction. The speed limit is 30 mph, and there is a sidewalk on one side of the street. Streetview on Google Maps shows two lanes in each direction, and that the sidewalks, curb ramps, and street were repaved in October 2019. There is one crosswalk to cross over Daggett Drive at the major intersection of Rt 5 / Riverdale Street. There are no crosswalks to cross over Daggett Drive throughout the rest of the shopping plaza.


Date6/20/2021, 8:00 PM
LocationColumbia Rd. + Kosciuszko Cir.
TownBoston
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age84
SexM

An unidentified 84 year old man was hit and killed at Columbia Rd + Kosciuszko Circle in Boston. We have not been able to find any news articles related to this crash.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, this section of the street and circle adjacent to Moakley Park is under MassDCR jurisdiction. According to a Road Safety Audit conducted in March 2019, this area includes Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) high crash clusters for people walking, driving, and biking. A HSIP-eligible location is a crash cluster that ranks within the top 5% of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) based on crash incidence and severity. In March 2021, City and state agencies announced a Kosciuszko Circle /Morrissey Boulevard planning study to improve mobility and climate resiliency.


Date6/23/2021, 6:59 PM
LocationNormandy Rd. WEST + Rose Kennedy Ln.
TownFramingham
TypePEDESTRIAN
Age91
SexM

91 year old Huiman Ping was struck and killed by an unidentified 62 year old driver of a Honda Civic on Normandy Road in Framingham. The MetroWest Daily News reported that the Framingham Police said the driver from Holliston remained at the scene after the crash. According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, this street is under local jurisdiction. Framingham has a default speed limit of 25 mph.


Updates

If you have an update about a community member who was killed in one of these crashes, please contact Brendan so we can update our . WalkBoston has maintained a list each year since 2016, pulling the information from news reports, social media, and from people like you that share the information with us.

Yearly trackers:  |||||


Reminder about the data from the MassDOT portal

MassDOT makes no representation as to the accuracy, adequacy, reliability, availability or completeness of the crash records or the data collected from them and is not responsible for any errors or omissions in such records or data. Under no circumstance will MassDOT have any liability for any loss or damage incurred by any party as a result of the use of the crash records or the data collected from them. Furthermore, the data contained in the web-based crash report tool are not an official record of what transpired in a particular crash or for a particular crash type. If a user is interested in an official copy of a crash report, contact the Registry (http://www.mass.gov/rmv/). The City of Boston Police Department may be contacted directly for official copies of crash reports and for crash data pertaining to the City of Boston. In addition, any crash records or data provided for the years after 2018 are subject to change at any time and are not to be considered up-to-date or complete. As such, open years’ of crash data are for informational purposes only and should not be used for analysis. The data posted on this website, including crash records and other reports, are collected for the purpose of identifying, evaluating or planning the safety enhancement of potential crash sites, hazardous roadway conditions or railway-highway crossings. Under federal law, this information is not subject to discovery and cannot be admitted into evidence in any federal or state court proceeding or considered for other purposes in any action for damages that involves the sites mentioned in these records (see 23 USC, Section 409).

West Springfield Memorial Elementary School Walk Audit

West Springfield Memorial Elementary School Walk Audit

On November 21, 2017, WalkBoston conducted a walk audit at Memorial Elementary School and in the surrounding neighborhood to assess the safety and quality of the walking environment for children walking to school. Westfield State University and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) also completed a walk audit and a Safe Routes to School analysis in the Spring of 2017. The purpose of the WalkBoston audit was to bring town staff together with the school administration to experience the walking conditions in the neighborhood and discuss opportunities to work together to improve pedestrian safety. After a short presentation by WalkBoston staff that described elements of a safe, enjoyable walking environment, participants walked around the Memorial Elementary School neighborhood to observe traffic patterns, evaluate sidewalk and road crossing conditions, and discuss any other environmental factors that might detract from the walking experience.

Read the full report here.

Philip G. Coburn Elementary School Walk Audit

Philip G. Coburn Elementary School Walk Audit

The safety of the walking environment is critical to both protect those children currently walking to school, and to promote the idea of walking to school to those students who live within walking distance. In December 2014, two crashes involving pedestrians crossing on Elm Street occurred on the same day. One crash killed a crossing guard at the Garden Street/Elm Street intersection just after she had safely stopped traffic for several students. The second crash occurred at the mid-block crossing in front of the US Post Office. These crossings are used regularly by Coburn School students and staff.

Read the full report here:

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