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No charges filed after car hits pedestrian on Mass. Ave. in Heights

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UPDATED, July 28: Arlington police have issued its report about a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on Mass. Ave. near Trader Joe's on Thursday, July 23, and it says the man who was hit did not use a crosswalk.

Police questioned the driver about cellphone use and gave sobriety tests, but all came up negative. The driver said he did not see the man. No charges were filed.

About 9:35 p.m., police responded to the intersection of the avenue and Lancaster Road and found a conscious man in the road. He told an officer that while he was walking his dog, he crossed the avenue from the south to the north side and was hit by a vehicle in traffic.

The man, whom police did not identify, was taken Lahey Clinic by ambulance with nonlife-threatening injuries. His dog was not harmed.

The operator of the vehicle, who also was not identified in the report release Tuesday, July 28, remained on scene and was interviewed by police.

"We are thankful the pedestrian was not seriously injured," Chief Fred Ryan said in a news release Friday, July 24.

The police report provides the following narrative:

At the scene, police saw the unidentified man, 68, lying on his back directly on the double yellow line of Mass. Ave. just outside of 1484 Mass. Ave. Tending to him was a passerby. Police administered first-aid until Arlington Fire and Armstrong EMS arrived.

The man appeared to have minor scratches on his body. He believed his right hip was broken, as he could not walk, nor move and his head had to be propped up.

He could not give a complete description of what had happened, the police report says. He reported he was walking his dog and was hit as they crossed.

The report says he could not describe the vehicle. A neighbor standing nearby said it was believed the vehicle had left the area.

The injured man was transported via Armstrong Ambulance to Lahey Clinic. The Armstrong team said the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

The passerby who helped said he was westbound on Mass. Ave. and he didn't see the crash, but because no one else seemed to be helping, he got out of his vehicle and assisted.

Police then spoke to the driver of the car involved. Police reported the driver "was clearly distraught but completely cooperative."

The driver said he was westbound on Mass. Ave. when he struck the man. He said he could not see the man in the road, as the glare from the oncoming traffic blinded him.

He stated that he was not using his smartphone in any capacity. He did admit that he consumed one beer about 8 that evening at his friend's house. He also said he believed that he was not speeding.

Police looked the cell phone, and the last recorded text was that morning. Police found no recent Internet use or recent phone calls.

The report says the driver did not display evidence of intoxication. He performed polices tests without issue.

Police talked to a witness, who said that a short time earlier she was driving eastbound on Mass. Ave. and she saw the collision and heard it. She also stated that it was "pretty dark." She also stated that the involved vehicle was not speeding.

Custody of the dog was given to neighbor and friend.

The report notes: "Tt was determined that [the man] was not crossing the road at a designated crosswalk."

This report was published Friday, July 24, 2015, and updated July 28.


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