Teen Girl Struck, Killed by Tractor-Trailer in MA
Details of the Tractor-Trailer Accident
Initial reports say the accident happened at 10:10 a.m. Thursday morning at the intersection of Route 28 and Route 139 in Randolph, MA. The victim, identified as Tonnecia Long, 17, was walking home from a convenience store when she was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. Reports say Long was run over by the vehicle’s rear-wheels.
Randolph Police, Massachusetts State Police and the district attorney’s office are all investigating the crash. It is unclear if the driver of the truck made too sharp of a turn or if Long was distracted while crossing the street.
The driver of the truck was interviewed by police.
Massachusetts Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The Massachusetts Office of Public Safety and Security (OPSS) estimated 75 pedestrian fatalities in MA in 2008, accounting for 20.6% of all motor vehicle-related fatalities that year. Another 233 pedestrians were seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents that same year.
The OPSS notes that a large majority of pedestrian fatalities are due to pedestrian error and occur outside of crosswalks. Walkers are encouraged to be aware of traffic laws that apply to pedestrians and to follow those laws at all times.