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Police investigating hit-and-run incident


Injuries not believed to be life threatening



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A 44-year-old woman was injured after a car struck her yesterday in Sturbridge. Sturbridge police are investigating. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
January 20, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Police are investigating a hit and run pedestrian incident that occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday evening, Jan. 18, on Shepard Road near the intersection of Hillside Drive.

According to Sturbridge Police Officer David Fortier, a 44-year-old female pedestrian was struck and injured by a dark colored sedan and as she walked along the side of the road. The operator of the sedan, a Caucasian man with gray hair and possibly a beard, drove away from the scene without stopping. Although the woman was not able to get a look at his license plate, police expect that the car will have at least some front-end and windshield damage.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was treated at the scene by paramedics and then transported to Harrington Hospital in Southbridge for further evaluation. Her condition is not known at this time, although her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call the Sturbridge Police Department at 508-347-2525. Callers may choose to remain anonymous.

Meanwhile, local police departments and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are warning drivers and pedestrians about road safety precautions that should be taken during winter. With snow and ice piled up on many sidewalks, pedestrians are often forced to use the side of roads to walk, meaning drivers should be especially careful. Also, large snow banks and snowy conditions often prevent drivers from seeing pedestrians, so don't assume drivers can see you walking along the side of the road or standing in an intersection.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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