Witness reacts to deadly pedestrian crash in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 60-year-old woman, thrown 2 to 3 feet in the air after getting hit by a pickup truck.

It happened in the Mason Square section of Springfield Friday afternoon. A Springfield resident who witnessed the crash told 22News the victim was attempting to cross the intersection near Catherine Street and Wilbraham Road at the time. “She was running across the street from here, and the driver of the truck, he really didn’t have any time, he didn’t see her at all, and that’s when she get hit,” he said.

Witnesses sprang into action, and called 911 immediately. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney said officers found the victim lying the middle of the road, she was then rushed to hospital, where she later died.

That woman was crossing State Street when she was hit by a truck. Crosswalks are available, connecting each road in the intersection, but the victim wasn’t using one when she was struck. A risky decision that many residents say doesn’t come as a surprise.

Last December, an alleged drunk driver hit and killed a 7-year-old girl while she was crossing the same intersection with her mother and cousin.

Richard Grant told 22News it’s an area where pedestrians are frequently racing against red lights to avoid getting stuck behind “don’t walk” signals. “You’ll sit there for like 5, 10 minutes sometimes, so they’ll try and beat the light because they don’t want to get caught in the traffic. Cars come up this way sometimes, it’s a long light, but in the other direction they come and pretty much do what they want,” he said.

Police say Friday’s deadly crash is still being investigated, but the driver, a 63-year-old man from Chicopee, wasn’t speeding at the time.

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