DA: Man walks onto Expressway, gets hit by car, dies

A man walked onto I-93 southbound at South Bay around 1 a.m., and popped into the high-speed lane - where he was promptly struck and killed by a Mercedes, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. The man, 38, from Boston, did not survive.

The driver, a 47-year-old man from Brockton, stayed at the scene, the DA's office says:

The operator remained at the scene, called 911, did not show any signs of impairment, and gave an interview with investigators in which he made statements corroborated by at least one witness that the pedestrian appeared suddenly in the roadway. A reconstruction of the crash is under way to determine whether speed was a factor, but there are no charges at this time.

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The leftmost lane of an expressway or freeway is the high speed lane.

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Wrong. On the interstate, the

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Wrong. On the interstate, the rightmost lane is the 'travel' or 'driving' lane. Any lanes to the left are passing lanes, i.e. not to be used for general travel when the right(er) lane is not in use. There are exceptions (lane closure, left lane exits, heavy traffic, etc.) but that is the general rule. There is no such thing as the 'fast lane.'

Oh!

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Is that why the state got rid of the Fast Lane transponders?

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Changing the

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"(insert blatant and obnoxious advertising plug here) Fast Lane" toll branding to E-ZPass was one of the results of eliminating the Mass. Turnpike Authority in 2009. The signs were due for renewal anyway, so FHWA requested that MassDOT revise the branding to E-ZPass, to match the other electronic toll facilities on the East Coast

Travel Lane

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RIGHT ON Anon!!!

And I thought I was the only one in Massachusetts and Rhode Island that knew that.
Most of the State Police don't know that either, or if they do they think it should be enforced only 1 o 2 days per year.

Is one supposed to pass

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Is one supposed to pass without going faster than the traffic in the other, slower lane?

If not, is it not perfectly reasonable to refer to the lane, which is faster than the slower lane, as the "fast" lane?

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Varies by state

Some states have differential limits by vehicle type and weight - such as 55 for trucks and 70 for cars.

Not all states have the "only use this lane to pass" law on the books, either. In fact, it is considered to be archaic and was considered to be archaic as of the time when my Dad was involved in building I-205. I remember him pointing out the different signs they were using.

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1. There is no high speed lane on I-93 there much of the day. At 1 AM, its the leftmost one.

2. The high speed lane is the leftmost one used to pass other vehicles, then to return to a lane to its right. This is the law in Massachusetts, though many idiots like to make their cell calls there and not pay attention to distractions like driving.

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to determine if speed was a factor...

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It's a highway, where people are not supposed to be because vehicles travel a high rates of speed.

Of course speed was a factor!

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I can't imagine

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what it must be like to be the driver in a situation like that and dealing with the aftermath.

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Physical Impact

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Not that I am equating the life of a human with a deer, but physics doesn't care what large mammal weighing x kg hits a front end/windshield at y kph.

In other words, people are killed and injured striking deer all the time - hitting a human of similar size is going to leave a mark, deploy airbags, and possibly cause injuries.

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Dunno

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But a couple years ago, in the middle of the night, we nearly ran over an old dude on route 9 around Framingham (so, not much foot traffic). It was just some elderly guy, hobbling across the road, like he wasn't in a hurry.

We saw him in the headlights, but it was so unexpected, our brains refused to process what we were looking at.

"what... is that in the road...?"

Fortunately, we snapped to our senses, and managed to not hit him.

Weirdest night, ever.

Last summer we were out in

Last summer we were out in Western Mass on Rt. 91. My husband was driving. I was in the passenger seat, and it was dark. The car's headlights suddenly picked up the outline of a woman slowly walking in the breakdown lane WITH A WALKER. Me, "Did you see that?!" Husband, "See what?" Me: "There was a woman walking on the side of the road!" He'd missed it. (My parents, who were driving the same route in another car also didn't spot this woman.)

I called the State Police immediately and described the woman's location. The dispatcher told me that people had already called and that a car was on the way. I didn't read about anyone getting hit on the highway in the news the next day, so I assume that she was safely rescued. At the time, I also assumed that she had some kind of dementia and had left her home or her care facility and somehow wandered onto the highway. So scary.

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