Earlier this summer, a 28-year-old man died from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a Mazda SUV when crossing Middle Street in Weymouth near the Route 3 overpass around 11:00 p.m. The man had been taken to South Shore Hospital but died soon thereafter. Other details about the accident were not reported.
The summer months in the Northeast bring out the bicyclists in full force on trails and city streets. Unfortunately, it also means tragic accidents when motorists and bicyclists share the roadways. One such fatal accident occurred in Chicopee this July when a woman in her 70s was struck and killed on Fuller Road near St. Patrick’s Cemetery during the morning commute. The only details of the accident released by police were that the cyclist and a car collided, and that the decedent was not wearing a helmet.
Construction zones are notorious for being the scene of car accidents in Massachusetts. And if road or other construction is occurring in a stretch of road already known to locals as particularly susceptible to accidents, then that road becomes even more dangerous. This is true not only for motorists but for construction workers who must have safeguards in place to alert motorists to slow down.
An astonishing lack of oversight of out-of-state license violations that have sat for over a year or more has led the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to implement an en masse suspension of drivers licenses. Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack had gathered to announce the action earlier this summer once the backlog was discovered. An external audit of the department was also announced and that all Massachusetts driver licenses will be checked against a national driver registry for other out-of-state violations that could lead to additional suspensions.