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Elderly Woman Requires Airlift After Car-Pedestrian Collision

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According to NECN, an elderly woman required hospitalization after a motorist drives off the road and strikes her in Westwood, Massachusetts, on Monday evening.

Details of the Pedestrian Accidents

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.

Pedestrian-related Traffic Crash Statistics

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:

  • On average, a pedestrian died every 2 hours and sustained injuries every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • Ninety percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2014 involved a single vehicle.

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