Police say the woman walked near her home on Weatherbee Drive and Adams Street at around 4:00 p.m. local time. A driver lost control of their vehicle, left the road and crashed into the pedestrian.
NECN reports that the woman may not have been on the sidewalk, but there are no indications that she walked in a place where she shouldn’t have been. Police believe, at this juncture in the investigation, that a medical emergency could have caused the driver to leave the road.
The woman received an airlift to a Boston-area hospital where she is receiving treatment for life-threatening injuries, reports NECN. Police say the driver did not sustain significant injuries in the wreck.
The cause of the injury crash is still under investigation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2014. Here are additional statistics regarding pedestrian-related crashes in 2014: