Woman's Condition Unknown After She Was Struck by Car

Accident took place in front of Donna's Donuts

A woman remains hospitalized after suffering serious injuries when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in front of Donna's Donuts.

The accident took place around 11:30 a.m, Saturday.

According to , the woman, whose name is not being released, was crossing Route 38 on a crosswalk when she was struck by a black 2005 Jeep Wrangler.

The name of the driver has also not been released at this point. However, Voto stated the driver was issued a citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Voto added the the accident remains under investigation and the victim, who was taken to Leahy Clinic in Burlington, remains hospitalized.


Andrew R. Swanson, 30, 22 Park St, Salem, was arrested for driving an unregistered motor vehicle, driving without a license and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.

Kevin Hamilton, 41, 9 Virginia St., Dorchester, was arrested at the on two outstanding warrants.

mike t May 03, 2011 at 12:04 AM
I think its time for a redesign of route 38. We need a "main street" not a straight highway cutting through town. Look at other town centers like Wakefield as a model, 25 mph speed limits, islands , wide streets and sidewalks. A common area for public use and traffic control. This would slow traffic enough to make people rethink about using 38 as a major interstate. Of course people going the speed limit, paying attention and getting off their cell phones would be a good start also. Just my thoughs. I hope the woman is doing ok.
Jade May 03, 2011 at 12:12 AM
This was a terrible tragedy. I hope the woman will recover from her injuries soon. I was up on Main Street in that area when the accident happened. Kudos to all the good Samaritans that got out of their cars to help the poor woman.
Melissa Gleaton May 03, 2011 at 02:43 PM
I have to honestly say that I was unaware that there is a crosswalk in the middle of 38 in front of Donna's ... perhaps we should invest in one of those "yield for pedestrian" signs to make people aware. I hope this woman recovers from her injuries. I've seen people attempt to cross 38 and thought they were nuts...people going 30-35 (or more) MPH aren't just going to come to a full stop (especially if they don't know a crosswalk exists).
Jade May 03, 2011 at 04:43 PM
I agree that a sign near a crosswalk on a busy street like Route 38 is a most. Unless you look at the ground, which most drivers don't, (you even hope they are paying attention to the road), you don't know that particular crosswalk is there.
Jade May 03, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Route 38 is a must. Sorry the typo.
Jade May 03, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Alex Ro, a crosswalk is two parallel lines on the road, usually at an area using heavily crossed by pedestrians .
Melissa Gleaton May 03, 2011 at 04:56 PM
If it were a corner, I'd probably recognize it, but it's smack in the middle of a block with no obvious reason to be there. I know what a crosswalk is... I just don't expect it to be in some random place, without some sort of identification that it's there.
southie May 03, 2011 at 06:12 PM
there is a yellow sign on the side of the road that warns drivers about a crosswalk been there for so time now.
southie May 03, 2011 at 09:52 PM
My mistake there are TWO large yellow signs and a painted crosswalk there to warn drivers of the crosswalk. Hope i don't need to cross when some of you people are driving by.
Alex Ro May 03, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Bonnie I am not dumb I know what a cross walk looks like. I think you need to be telling Tewksbury PD what they are for and that they are suppose to stop. I was in one in the center of town. And NO it was not at a light.
Bill Gilman (Editor) May 03, 2011 at 11:50 PM
OK, ok, easy folks .. good comments and views on this ... I am interested to hear what the police have to say about this stretch. Of course, as we all know, that location if very close to the intersection of Shawsheen and Main, where drivers take their lives in their hands every day. Glad to see the gas station up and running but to be 100 percent honest, that has made things even that much hairier at that intersection. Again, great comments, just stay respectful ....
southie May 04, 2011 at 12:06 AM
Bill not sure i understand what you mean by main and shawsheen? this crosswalk is in between donna's donuts and dracut appliance. Was put there about six years ago per request of the old daycare and bodyshop across from donna's.
Bill Gilman (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Sorry, my fault, I didn't clarify well. I was just referring to the fact that the crosswalk in question was located relatively close to that intersection. I'm guessing about a quarter-mile? Seems like that stretch of road has had more than its share of problems.
Rob Cassidy May 04, 2011 at 12:17 AM
The woman was my grandmother (77) She has 12 broken ribs, and a long road of recovery......
southie May 04, 2011 at 12:23 AM
I got yea, Also because its a state road the TPD would probably point you that way.
Jade May 04, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Rob, I wish a speedy recovery for your grandmother!
Comment May 04, 2011 at 02:34 AM
It would help if the crosswalks also had the diagonal lines connecting the parallel lines. .. it would make it far more noticeable. I never noticed this crosswalk - even with the Diamond yellow crosswalk warning sign on the side of the road. I would think the crosswalk was probably put there back when the Gokart place was in business. I cross at Main and Chandler and the crosswalk blends in with the stop lines.. so diagonal lines within the crosswalk would make it more noticeable.
Melissa Gleaton May 04, 2011 at 02:59 AM
crosswalk or no, there are no "blind spots" there that a car wouldn't see someone crossing in the middle of the road giving them reason to stop...
Comment May 04, 2011 at 03:04 AM
Alex - you have to be careful near Oakdale though - people swerve around the stopped car and may not see the person crossing... When it's more than one lane in each direction, it gets ugly.
Salon1475 May 04, 2011 at 04:29 AM
People on Main St. should watch where they are driving regardless, there are many pedestrians walking down that road at any given moment. All cross walks in town typically have signs on both sides stating there is a cross walk, regardless if you see it or not, when you see someone crossing the street you should slow down and let them walk across the street. I was driving down Main St. near St. Williams a week ago and stopped to let a pedestrian cross where there is a cross walk with no light, and the people going Northbound never stopped. I was stopped for atleast 4 minutes waiting for people to stop going in the opposite direction...are you really all in that big of a rush? To me a life saved is WAY more important!
l May 04, 2011 at 10:18 AM
I would like to make a comment on the comment that was written in the patch about the citation given for failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. I know this person and the citation that was given clearly states she was not in the crosswalk. This was just a horrible horrible accident. I hope she is doing well.
Kirsten May 04, 2011 at 01:20 PM
I think we're all in agreement that something drastic needs to be done. Crosswalks aren't properly marked/painted and there is a lack of sidewalks on Rt.38/Main street/Death Row. Even though I do slow for people walking and stop for pedestrians, I feel I take my life into my own hands doing so. You cannot stop on Main St. without almost getting rear ended because the driver behind you or them hasn't stopped in time. There's also the drastic swerving around you that's potentially dangerous to pedestrians. I have been flipped off more times than I can count for stopping for kids on bikes etc. It's a form of road rage. Who the hell declared anybody entitlement to drive like they own the road. For many people, it's intimidating and causes reckless driving. I recently spoke with a handful of new driver's and found this to be their biggest fear. I live right off Rt.38 and within walking distance to many stores, but you couldn't pay me enough to walk down it, especially with stroller in tote. I literally have to drive across the street to get to one of my weekly errands. How extreme is that? In the time it takes to get my son in his carseat and stroller in the trunk, I could have been there! I would like to extend thoughts and prayers to Rob Cassidy, his Grandmother, and to the rest of the family and friends.
nancy cassidy May 04, 2011 at 09:51 PM
it was a 77 year old grandmother, she is my husbands grandmother and is recovering in Lahey as we speeak,
Bill Gilman (Editor) May 04, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Thank you for the update Nancy ... we wish her a speedy and full recovery.
Ashley May 10, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Nancy and Rob is there any update about your grandmother? I think about her often and hope she is having a speedy recovery. I was at Donnas when it happened. I was one of the individuals to call 911. I wish her all my blessings and best wishes.
Jade May 10, 2011 at 01:16 PM
I also was up on Route 38 when the accident happened and also would like to hear how your grandmother is doing. Hope she is on the road to a full recovery. God bless her.
Bill Gilman (Editor) July 06, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Jessica ... this sounds like something right up the alleys of State Reps. Jim Miceli and Paul Adams. They have gone to bat for constituents on issues like this in the past.
denise July 06, 2011 at 06:29 PM
The Shawsheen tech has their bus stop across from Donnas Donuts...my son used to have to cross Rt. 38 at about 7am in the morning! He had plenty of problems of people almost running him down and throwing stuff out their windows at him!! People are just rude...People are in such a rush going everywhere, and so distracted in the car...even if you had a complete stop sign...stupid people would just drive thru it!! I hope the grandmother is doing okay...how sad for her.


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