Pedestrian Struck on Thursday is 32-Year-Old Danvers Woman

A 32-year-old Danvers was woman seriously injured when she was struck by a vehicle on Thursday morning along Route 62.

A 32-year-old Danvers woman was seriously injured when a vehicle struck her on Thursday morning, Danvers Police said in a post on its Facebook page at 10:15 a.m.

The crash occurred on Maple Street, in an area that is also Route 62, near the intersection with Burley Avenue at the foot of Lindall Hill at 7:30 a.m.

No charges have been filed in connection with the crash. It was not immediately clear if the pedestrian was trying to cross the street at the time of the crash or whether she was in a crosswalk.

The vehicle that struck the pedestrian was driven by a 44-year-old woman from Danvers. She remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators, police said. Police did not say the make or model of the car she was driving.

When the first arriving police officer got to the scene, officers found the woman on the street “suffering from serious injuries,” police said in its public statement.

The pedestrian was taken by Lyons ambulance to nearby Great Oak Elementary School, where a Boston MedFlight helicopter landed on the baseball field. She was loaded into the helicopter by crews from Lyons and the Danvers Fire Department and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Her condition was unknown on Thursday morning, police said.

The crash closed Route 62 between Locust Street and Beaver Park was closed for about two hours at the peak of the morning commute and school drop off time. Maple Street reopened at about 9:30 a.m.

The crash is under investigation by the Danvers Police and the State Police was assisting with crash reconstruction. State Troopers also assisted in directing divers away from the crash scene and on the detours in the area.

Two years ago, a pedestrian was struck in just about the same area at about the same time in the morning, according to news accounts at the time in the Salem News and Boston Globe. In that instance, a 17-year-old North Shore Technical High School student was crossing the street in a crosswalk and was struck by a cement truck diver. He suffered a broken pelvis and later recovered.

Crystal Kittredge November 29, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Something has to be done about this spot. This is the second time someone has been hit in the last couple of years. I wonder if there is a way a crossing guard can come earlier; before he or she comes for the elementary kids? This is just horrible for the person who was struck and the person that was driving!
Lauren November 29, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I don't think it has anything to do with having a crossing guard there. I feel like if the crossing guard and woman were in the cross walk they both would have been hit. It has to do with the time of day and the fact that the sun is shining directly into the drivers face. The article stated that this exact same scenario happened at the same time of day, same time of year, and same intersection 2 years ago. With that being said, both pedestrians and drivers should be extra cautious in this area. We can't change the time the sun rises and sets.
Guest November 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I've been complaining about the speeding on Maple street between Summers St and burley for the past year. Vehicles pick up speed coming down the hill just before Summer St, make the curve and accelerate toward Locust Street. I live along that stretch of Maple St and CANNOT get out of my driveway. When I'm slowing with signal on to turn into my driveway, people zoom around me on the left honking their horn. Several months ago the Chief of Police held an online chat during which I submitted a question regarding Mple Street speeding and asked if they would be addressing that issue. The Chief was DEFENSIVE saying Maple Street is a busy thoroughfare and there had only been 3 tickets issued for speed in the past year. A small dog was struck several months ago and I believe was put down. My neighbors are concerned about the increasing speed and the horrendous road noise (for each 10 mph increase the sound DOUBLES). Danvers needs to address a very serious traffic issue on Maple Street. IMHO the correct resolution is to monitor traffic, issue tickets and STOP giving the 10 mph pass to Danvers residents. This is an outrageous public safety issue. I plan to leave this same comment on the other article covering this incident in the Patch.
Pat November 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM
We can't control the solar glare, and I don't know if this woman was in the crosswalk or not, but maybe the crosswalks shouldn't be right in that area! Move them further down Maple st where solar glare is not an issue, makes sense! And what about Jay Walking? Is that legal in town? I know some that got ticketed for Jay Walking in another state….a law that is stricktly enforced because of the amount of pedestrian accidents.
bompas November 30, 2012 at 12:53 AM
I approached the town over 2 years ago to ask that something e.g an overhead walkway etc. be done. I guess it's not cost effective and a persons life just doesn't justify the cost
monica November 30, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Whatever the readon this happened I wish this woman and her family and prayers for a speedy recovery. Also praying for driver as this was an accident and I am sure she is terribly effected.
bompas November 30, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Here is my original letter from 2010 re: Rte 62 The two recent car crashes on July 21 and September 21,2010,(where cars went off the road and dropped into Frost Fish Brook), highlight the hazardous road conditions at the five way intersection of Conant St., Elliot St., and Burley Farm Road. This is an inherently dangerous intersection for motorists and potentially even more dangerous for pedestrians traveling to/from the Holten-Richmond Middle School & Plains Park. There is a lighted “no turn on red” sign on Elliot St. which was installed by the town as a interim solution. This sign is regularly ignored and /or misunderstood by motorists. The sign is just a band aid, and not the permanent solution. Many times after a motor vehicle fatality people ask the question “What could we have done differently?” Let’s not find ourselves in that situation. The town of Danvers has always led the way when it comes to providing quality infrastructure and services to it’s residents. An overhead pedestrian walkway would be a great solution. It could be designed to shield Frost Fish Brook from vehicles and it would also provide a safe pathway for residents to access the Holten-Richmond Middle School & Plain’s Park from the North.
Guest November 30, 2012 at 01:40 AM
There is no question pedestrians seems to wander off sidewalks and crossing streets. That's no excuse for a driver operating a motor vehicle in a manner that is out of control. The driver did not stop - the woman was RUN OVER! The driver no doubt was exceeding the speed limit and likely was distracted with texting or phone conversation, tuning the channel on the radio or grabbing another donut. Let's not devolve into blaming the innocent to cover for the bad behavior of the perpetrator of what happened here. PC doesn't work when it comes to people injured or killed.
Guest November 30, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I'm amazed at the people trying to find an excuse to vindicate the driver who did not have their car under control! Cars can kill people. Every driver has the responsibility of operating their vehicle in a safe and judicious manner. If the sun is beginning to rise, SLOW DOWN!
I Barry November 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I walk frequently in Danvers and often cross Rt. 62. Yes, a pedestrian in a cross walk has the right of way but it is still necessary for the safety of that pedestrian to make eye contact with the on coming drivers. Make sure they see you and are stopping in both directions before crossing the street. I am always pleasantly surprised at how quickly the drivers stop when I wait to cross a street.
Karen Lewis November 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM
bompas..... That is not the same area where the pedestrian was just hit on Thursday morning. The accident happened at Burley Ave. & Maple St.
Lauren November 30, 2012 at 02:44 PM
@Guest - "The driver no doubt was exceeding the speed limit and likely was distracted with texting or phone conversation, tuning the channel on the radio or grabbing another donut."- That is a direct quote from you. Who are YOU to assume the driver was doing anything she shouldn't have been doing? It was an ACCIDENT. I feel badly for both parties involved. However, it's people like you who want to point fingers and place blame without knowing ALL of the facts. Until the police report and all the facts come out why don't you stop placing blame where YOU THINK it should go.
Guest November 30, 2012 at 02:54 PM
With respect Lauren, I merely look out my front window and see nearly ALL drivers on the phone or texting. They are speeding as well. Distracted drivers are the cause of nearly all "accidents". As a driver you are responsible for the operation of your vehicle, if distracted or not, running over a pedestrian has serious consequences. It's not blame here but direct observation of speeding motorists many of whom are engaging in distracting behaviors. If you have issues with that, I would sense you are one of those drivers! If you are suggesting "accidents" are something that just happen and are totally out of anyone's control, you are sadly deluded. "Accidents" particularly motor vehicle "accidents" are a direct result of a driver who doesn't have their car under control. The reason for why they did not have control of their car may be debatable, but "accidents" do not just happen... We live in a universe of cause and effect... distracted drivers and injuries/death/mishaps. Also note on this same stretch of Maple Street a 17 yo student struck down seriously injured 2010 and now a 32 yo woman - same effect by the same causes. With your attitude, please leave your car parked.
Lauren November 30, 2012 at 04:54 PM
@guest- You must be the perfect human being. You must never make mistakes. Everything you do is 100% perfect. I think it is you who is delusional, not me.
Guest November 30, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Lauren, you just don't get it. There isn't a malevolent force that just causes accidents to happen. That's childish thinking. The driver was clearly not operating their vehicle under property control and struck a pedestrian, seriously injuring her. Take note the Danvers Police had the area quarantined for "CRIME SCENE" investigation. That indicates the driver was deemed potentially negligent by the Danvers Police...not me. ask yourself this question, "If the driver was driving at speed limit of 30 mph and was paying FULL attention to driving the car, don't you think they would have seen the pedestrian and been able to stop their car?" Grow up and stop watching so much TV, it's warping your critical thinking skills.
bompas November 30, 2012 at 05:50 PM
In general 62 is dangerous and needs to be addressed. That is why the conant/maple etc. intersection is relevant!
Missy November 30, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Exactly I Barry. The fact that I was legally in the right by being in the crosswalk won't matter to me if I'm laying in a hospital (or worse) because I made the assumption that oncoming traffic can or will stop for me.
Guest November 30, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I agree. For those of us who live along Maple Street starting from the top of the hill at the Pine Street intersection, down to the Vineyard Street intersection, the Burley Street Intersection along Maple to Locust Street, there is no control of traffic. Drivers do not stop for residents trying to get out of their driveways and are upset when we are trying to get into our driveway - often honking and flipping the bird. Traffic along that stretch moves at 40-50 mph - including construction trucks, lawn service trucks w/trailers, cement truck and semis (who jake brake as well). It is dangerous and with no shoulder or sufficient area to park, Danvers Police choose to ignore the speeding. Several weeks ago I was awakened by a crashing sound. I looked out and saw two cars that had been involved with drivers standing in the street screaming. No police - nothing. Next morning a headlamp assembly was lying on the side of the road. Even as I enter this comment, looking out I see cars speeding by - not at 30 mph.
Jim J November 30, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I live in the prep area and work in Cherry Hill. I come out Summer onto Maple every morning. People are rude and won't let you go, even if they are turning left onto Summer, they do fly, and am lucky enough to have a fast car where I can jump out there quick. There is an accident right here with someone trying to turn onto Summer and someone trying to pull out of Summer atleast a few times a WEEK. Good place for some lights honestly.. Lights would also slow down the traffic as it will break up the direct flow through that area.
Guest November 30, 2012 at 07:22 PM
How do we get the Town to consider that? It seems like a viable solution to traffic flow. Just yesterday afternoon I was pulling out of my drive on Maple just east of Summer. I edged to the roadway, look both ways and felt safe distance of oncoming cars. I pulled out. The eastbound car SPED up and nearly hit me. I was forced to accelerate very rapidly to avoid the guy...he was texting and I saw him look up just as he nearly hit me. If I hadn't accelerated, i would have been broadsided. I've had it with this situation. How did this traffic pattern get so out of control?
Guest November 30, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Hey Lauren, guess the Danvers Police fall into that category as well. Driver was ticketed. This will not be the end of it for this driver...
Ron December 01, 2012 at 01:18 AM
In an age of buget shortfalls, why not raise some revenue on the backs of scofflaws? This would help close budget shortfalls in the short term, while moving toward safer public traveling in the long term.
Delia Santapaula Stanley December 01, 2012 at 02:05 AM
She was in the crosswalk, right? They really need to move that crosswalk. The glare at that spot in the fall months is horrible. People are literally blinded. Add that in with speeding and driver distraction and it is just bad, bad, bad. I took a picture on Pickering St that day --which runs parallel to 62---and the sun was so bright it drowned out the entire picture. There is nothing that can be done about glare but maybe the crosswalk can be moved to a less-glary area if one can be found. I hope this woman is ok. I would like to hear an update on her condition and if we can donate something to her family to help out
Crystal Kittredge December 01, 2012 at 03:42 AM
To "GUEST" (obviously you are ashamed of your comments as to not make your name public) you have been posting some pretty rude and cruel comments.....please stop it!! - your comments are inappropriate - these are our (Danvers) neighbors and they have children and your rude comments on ALL these articles that have been posted on Danvers Patch are disrespectful and hurtful. This was an accident and all parties are hurting and will never forget this event for a long time. Please be considerate to the families that are involved as they have children that live here.
Crystal Kittredge December 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Are there any updates on the condition of this woman that was struck?
Traci J December 04, 2012 at 03:25 PM
It is a tough stretch of road, and people can be inconsiderate - not allowing cars to pull out onto 62 even when they are coming to a stop behind a left-turning vehicle (some pull right across in front of me and come to a stop, instead of letting me go!) But we all make mistakes, it is just devastating when a mistake leads to this consequence. I hope the person who was hit is OK, I too wish they would issue an update on her condition, it's so scary. I for one will not allow my kids to EVER cross that section of 62 alone, when they get to the age when they can walk down to the square themselves, I'll send them down to the light at 62 and 35 to cross. I'm not taking any chances!! Praying for everyone involved in this accident.
bompas December 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
That's dangerous too many times the drivers go right through the flashing sign that says no turn on red, in fact last week a state trooper (about 6:15am) slammed on his/her brakes when they saw me at the last minute.
Traci J December 06, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Yikes, really? We all need to stop being in so much of a rush. We forget sometimes that it only takes one second for something like this to happen. I guess my kids will never cross 62! So scary though last night I was driving home and 2 kids (under 10 years old) were crossing 62 up near the middle school, not in a crosswalk. I saw them and stopped, but had to flash my high beams to get the driver in the other direction to stop. We all have to teach our kids to WAIT until cars in both directions come to a complete stop before stepping foot onto the street. I was so afraid the other driver wouldn't see them.
Pat December 06, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Does anyone know who this woman is? It's the Holiday Season and maybe her family could use some help, they must be going thru a lot right now. My heart goes out to her and the woman that hit her as it was not intentional, no matter what the circumstances, and she must be traumatized.
Elise Stephens February 13, 2013 at 08:08 PM
The teenager who was hit a couple years ago is the son of a good friend of mine. I was on my way to work the morning that this woman was hit. The glare is certainly an issue. But the biggest issue here is the use (or lack there of) of common sense. I have lived in Danvers practically all my life and know that part of Rt62 to have ALWAYS been an issue. People need to stop thinking their time is more valuable than those of the people around them. Whether it's texting, tuning the radio or twirling your hair-once you place yourself behind the wheel of a vehicle it is your responsibility to take care. As a pedestrian it is your responsibility to take your safety into your own hands- never assume anything of anyone-especially drivers.


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