CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)– In just this week, at least five people have been hit be cars in the western Massachusetts region.
On Thursday alone, three people were struck by cars in separate incidents. One person was hit by a car on Broadway Street, in Chicopee, Thursday night. The driver of that car was arrested and is now facing drunk driving charges.
In West Springfield, also on Thursday evening, a woman was hit by a car on Riverdale Street. Around the same, time a person was hit by a car on Main Street in Great Barrington.
On Monday morning, two people were hit by cars in two separate incidents in West Springfield, both on Elm Street. In the first of those two accidents, 76 year-old crossing guard Patricia Welker was killed.
Last week, one person was struck by a car on Springfield Street in Agawam, and another on Bridge Street, in Northampton. Earlier in the month on State Street in Springfield, a mother, and two young girls were hit by a car near the city’s Central Library, the youngest of the three was killed. The driver in that case was charged with drunk driving.
In Thursday’s accident in Chicopee, both a passenger of the car and the pedestrian suffered injuries.
In Massachusetts, drivers are required by law to always yield to a person crossing the street in a crosswalk. Not doing so could cost you a fine of up to $200.
The Centers for Disease Control says that pedestrians can also do their part to stay safe by carrying a flashlight at night, and wearing reflective clothes to make you visible to drivers both at night and in the early morning hours when it is still dark out. They also urge you to use a crosswalk and sidewalk whenever possible.
For a look at safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration click here.