Driver Cited for Hitting Bicyclist, Leaving the Scene of the Accident

A 73-year-old woman struck the bicyclist on Arsenal Street near the Watertown Mall.


Police cited a 73-year-old Watertown woman Friday at 2:17 p.m. after she allegedly struck a bicyclist in a crosswalk on Arsenal Street and left the area.

Witnesses said the driver pulled out of the Watertown Mall and turned right onto Arsenal Street. She then ran into the bicyclist, a 36-year-old woman from Quincy, while she was in the crosswalk near the Watertown Mall, said Watertown Police Lt. Michael Lawn.

The bicyclist said she had pain in her leg and head, and was taken to Mount Auburn Hospital, Lawn said.

Although the driver left the area, people in the area were alert to get information.

"One witness got the car's license plate and another witness followed the motorist," Lawn said.

Police caught up to the driver near the Hosmer School.

"She said she got out and talked to the bicyclist and said she thought she said she was OK, so she left," Lawn said.

The driver was cited for leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and a crosswalk violation, Lawn said.

Peter Brooks February 14, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I hope someone follows up on this story. You quoted the motorist regarding, how she left the scene. What did the cyclist have to say? Did the driver just plow into the cyclist in the crosswalk, as though she totally did not see the cyclist? You should note that the cyclist was from Quincy; did she have to ride back to Quincy after visiting the hospital? Drivers need to be reminded that operating motor vehicles is a privlidge not a right, and the walkers and cyclists also have the right to use the road. Peter Brooks.....an experienced cyclist.
Izzy Brandon February 14, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Peter: Did you ever think that just maybe the bicyclist made a bad decision and that the woman couldn't possibly have reacted fast enough to avoid the situation? I can't tell you the amount of really terrible biking behavior that I see on a daily basis commuting to and from work. It stuns me.
Paul Angiolillo February 17, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I know that many people are irritated by cyclists who don't obey the laws. My own experience for decades has been twofold: 1) Most bicyclists riding on Watertown's streets are serious and law-abiding commuters who are just intent on getting somewhere without being hit, and 2) there are hardly any cyclists out there, a hand few compared with cars.
Barry Steinberg May 07, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Hi Paul, I hope you can stop by on Wednesday the 9th to see the WBCN Bus here at Direct Tire on Galen Street and check out some more of our "art work" on the building. Be well. Barry Steinberg


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