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Bicyclist killed in car-bike crash

A 25-year-old Massachusetts man was killed while riding his bicycle on a city street in a hit-and-run accident. The alleged driver of the truck that hit the cyclist was located and arrested two days later. He is currently being held on bail for charges of drunk driving and other traffic violations from earlier in the year. In the hit-and-run incident, he is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license and speeding.

The bicyclist was hit as he was crossing Boston Road around 3 a.m. on New Year's Day. The driver of the truck that hit him reportedly never stopped, and police say that they located pieces of the bicycle nearly a mile away from the accident scene. Police officers located the Ford F-150 on Tavistock Street nearby, and the man arrested in connection with the hit and run is the owner of the truck. The investigation is ongoing.

Land Rover recalls SUVs due to airbag issue

Owners of Land Rovers in Massachusetts may want to be aware of a recall of about 4,000 of the company's vehicles. The model affected is the 2013 and 2014 model Range Rover SUVs. Because the problem affects the SUVs airbag system, the risk of potential injury or even death in an accident is increased. The report did not mention if any accidents were caused by the defective airbags.

According to the report, the problem is with the connector in the vehicle's Supplemental Restraint System. This part is found in the driver and front passenger seats. It has been reported that the part may become disconnected, which would then cause the side airbags for the driver and front passenger to be inoperative.

Honda recalls some minivans to address brake problems

Owners of Honda Odyssey minivans living in the Massachusetts area are taking note of a newly announced vehicle recall. The recall affects more than 344,000 Honda Odyssey minivans from the model years 2007 and 2008.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall was issued so that a problem with the braking system in the vehicles could be repaired to help prevent owners from facing an increased risk of being involved in a car accident. So far, there are no known accidents resulting from the braking issue.

77-year-old woman dies in pedestrian accident

Winter weather can create dangerous conditions for drivers and pedestrians in Massachusetts. A town's response to winter weather conditions might have been a factor in a fatal car accident recently in Arlington.

According to police, a 77-year-old woman was attempting to cross the street at a designated crosswalk when she was struck and killed by a passing car. Witnesses described the intersection as poorly lit and lacking signs warning drivers of the presence of pedestrians. Local merchants and workers said the brightly colored traffic cones and signs marking the crosswalk were removed by municipal officials as standard procedure to make snow removal easier. The city does provide orange flags that pedestrians can take with them from plastic holders located on either side of the street to make them easier to see.

2-car crash results in drunk driving arrest in Massachusetts

Police officers received several accident report calls around 5:22 p.m. on the night of Dec. 8 regarding a crash at New Street and Winthrop Street in Rehoboth. When they arrived on the scene, they found that two vehicles were involved in a collision and had both sustained severe damage, according to the police officers.

After further investigation and interviews with several witnesses, officers determined that both vehicles were going in opposing directions traveling down Route 44. The one going west on Winthrop made the decision to make a left turn onto New Street. An eastbound vehicle, driven by a 65-year-old, struck the other car, injuring the driver. The injured driver was transported with minor injuries via ambulance away from the scene, treated and released. Both vehicles were towed away.

8-year-old seriously injured in pedestrian accident

A 58-year-old man from Marshfield, Massachusetts, was issued multiple citations by police after he struck an 8-year-old pedestrian on Nov. 30. According to the report, the man was traveling east in his Ford Ranger on Market Street at approximately 7:17 p.m. when he struck the boy at the Union Street intersection. The boy was reportedly crossing the street with his mother and another child in a stroller.

The child was taken first to South Shore Hospital where his injuries were reported to be serious and included a collapsed lung, damage to his teeth and multiple broken bones. He was then transported to Children's Hospital in Boston for treatment. He was reportedly in stable condition. The boy's grandfather stated that his grandson was breathing without oxygen and that he was doing better.

65-vehicle Massachusetts accident injures 35 people

A frozen stretch of Interstate 290 caused a 65-vehicle pileup in Worcester on Dec. 1, injuring 35 people. The car accident involved two six-wheel trucks, two tractor-trailers and 61 cars. The incident started around 6:40 a.m. and resulted in a 1,500-foot-long stretch of shattered glass and gnarled steel.

Freezing rain created a patch of black ice on an overpass on the interstate, and drivers had no way of knowing that it awaited them on the other side. Police say that a trooper saw the first cars slide into each other near a dip in the interstate, and she pulled to the side to assist the occupants. The trooper saw more vehicles spin out of control and move toward her and the other vehicles at a high speed. She took cover in her vehicle before it was hit. With no chance of stopping, more cars and trucks slid down the black ice.

Couple struck by car; one dead, one listed critical

A memorial of candles and flowers mark the scene of a recent auto-pedestrian accident on Nov. 16. A Lynn, Massachusetts couple were struck by a car while crossing Marlborough Road at 9:28 p.m. in Salem. The 21-year-old man was struck once by a car while walking across the road and was thrown into the path of another car in an oncoming lane. He was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he died from injuries sustained in the car accident .

The 21-year-old woman with him was also thought to have been struck by the first car, and was transported to the hospital by ambulance where she was reported to be in critical condition with serious injuries. Two vehicles were towed from the scene of the accident and no charges have been filed against either driver in connection with the incident.

States address drivers who flee crashes

New data on hit-and-run accidents carries implications for motorists in Massachusetts and across the nation. The study shows that the rise of hit-and-run accidents corresponds to a related increase in the number of fatalities when motorists flee the scene of an accident.

For example, in Los Angeles, the problem has reached such levels that almost 50 percent of all car accidents in the city involved a hit-and-run motorist. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the number of deadly accidents when people flee from the scene is steadily climbing. About 20 percent of hit-and-run deaths involve pedestrians. Alcohol also contributes to many of the accidents, so pedestrians need to be especially aware of their surroundings.

NTSB records reveal tour bus operators not watched closely enough

Massachusetts residents who plan on taking a tour by bus might be given pause by news that federal accident investigators were seeking a probe of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after four high-profile crashes that killed 25 people and injured 83 more. The National Transportation Safety Board investigators who took an independent look at the bus accidents raised what they called serious questions about the FMCSA, which also is charged with not preventing truck accidents.

In one recent accident, a bus driver lost control of his vehicle on a slick highway in Oregon; the bus hurtled through a barrier and then down a sleep slope. The driver and 37 passengers were hurt, and nine people were killed in the crash. An investigation revealed that the driver had worked 92 hours in the eight days before the incident, which exceeded the 70-hour limit imposed by federal safety regulators.


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