A terrible accident has led to the death of a Massachusetts man and may lead to criminal charges for the driver who struck and killed him. News of the case has spread throughout the region, and it has underscored the dangers that pedestrians face while crossing area roadways. The car crash remains under investigation by local and state authorities, and the driver is reportedly cooperating in that process.
Upon early investigation, it appears that a 72-year old man who was wheelchair-bound was attempting to cross an intersection in Chelmsford when a vehicle approached. The driver of a pickup truck went through that intersection, striking the man in his wheelchair. The accident took place just after 3 p.m.
Emergency responders rushed to the scene at the intersection of the Drum Hill traffic square and Old Westford Road. The man was alive but had suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision with the truck. Medical staff asked that he be airlifted to an area hospital, but his condition was deemed too unstable for the flight, so he was transported by ambulance. He was ultimately unable to survive his injuries and died just hours after the crash.
Massachusetts police have not yet completed their investigation but have stated that drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the car crash. Should they determine that the driver of the pickup truck was negligent in the matter, criminal charges could follow. Separately, the family of the man killed in the incident has the right to pursue a wrongful death case in the matter, should they decide to do so.
Source: chelmsford.wickedlocal.com, "Chelmsford police investigate fatal accident", Sept. 5, 2015