Woman hit by car while crossing Memorial Drive has died

State Police report Molly Doub, 31, of Cambridge, died of injuries from a crash on Sunday near the Micro Center.

Doub, a math teacher at the International School of Boston in Cambridge, was crossing the highway when hit around 5:15 p.m. by a car heading west, driven by a Boston man. State Police say investigators are still looking at whether any charges are warranted.

In a Facebook post, Doub's brother, Mike, writes:

molly lived in pursuit of knowledge. she was in school for most of her life and was excited to start taking classes again this summer at harvard (her first was going to be on james joyce, which was classic, over-ambitious molly). molly took on her other passions with the same verve. she was a fitness enthusiast (yoga of all varieties, half- and full- marathons), an avid reader and a great cook. she traveled all over the country and all over the world. in every way, molly was always pushing to learn more and be better.

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        Very sad.

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        Very sad.

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        Ouch! Sorry to hear about the death of Molly Doub.

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        This is one instance where the motorist was totally responsible. He could've/should've slowed down when he saw her crossing Memorial drive. (Not that Memorial Drive is a safe place to cross, anyway, particularly during rush-hour.) I hope the motorist gets into big trouble for that.

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        Do you have a lot more information than we do?

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        If not, stop assigning blame.

        Once people do have more information, then people can see what to do to reduce tragedies like this in the future.

        Condolences to the families and friends.

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        Hijackingregarding later comments

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        Family and friends of the deceased, as well as of the driver, should know that the silent thoughts and prayers of a lot of good people are with them.

        I think most of us regret that a small number of people insist on posting all kinds of inane thoughts on news web sites. Please ignore those who obviously are extremely insensitive, and cannot possibly know what they're talking about.

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        Here's a big part of the problem, Snuggles:

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        The vehicular traffic on Memorial Drive can be like the Indianapolis Speedway, at times. People drive way faster than they should on that highway, and there should at least be a pedestrian light in that area, if one doesn't exist already.

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        There is a footbridge at this

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        There is a footbridge at this intersection that safely crosses over Memorial Drive. There isn't a crosswalk across Memorial drive from Magazine Street at this location. The motorist should not be at fault in this case.

        This is not intended to blame or disparage the victim. It's an unfortunate situation.

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        That's not quite right

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        In general, if the motorist could have avoided hitting a pedestrian by driving in accordance with the laws and within reason... and hits the ped anyway... than the motorist is at fault.

        I'm not arguing anything about this particular case, but simply pointing out that a pedestrian failing to use a crosswalk, footbridge, or other amenity does not absolve drivers of their responsibility of taking reasonable, safe steps to avoid driving into those pedestrians.

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        Huh?

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        Do you have more details than the rest of us? Did the driver speed up when he saw her crossing?

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        Hokey.

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        Yes, you are correct. It is not a safe place to cross that is why, in this particular area, there is an pedestrian overpass. You are taking risk crossing, as this young lady and her friends did, and she, unfortunately, did not make it.

        There is no evidence, as of yet, that the driver is at fault and/or was speeding and/or was driving recklessly. It could of happened that one lane of traffic, going west, was stopped, and the group decided to cross between cars and step out into the other lane going west (as you are aware that it is a four lane road). The driver may not of seen her till it was too late. Or, not.

        Please do not make statements like the driver was "totally responsible" without knowing who was responsible.

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        Do you read your own posts?

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        Weren't you just talking about "irresponsible cyclists" in the context of "not following laws" and then massively misquoting research (without links) about how often motorists are at fault?

        And now you are saying the motorist *must* be at fault when the pedestrian was clearly not following the laws?

        Whatever

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        Lets all just agree this is a

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        Lets all just agree this is a sad situation for all involved.

        I am sure she and her friends thought it would be ok/harmless to cross Mem drive. They made a bad decision which sadly she paid for with her life. It probably seemed harmless at the time - we have all made bad decisions where we were just lucky that it didn't end like this for us.

        As for the motorist I am sure they didn't plan on hitting anyone when they got out of bed that day. They will also have to live with the fact that no matter who is "responsible" that they hit and killed someone while driving and that sux too.

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        That is awful

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        My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved her.

        On Monday evening, when I was walking to the Golden Goose in the North End, I was greeted by paramedics washing down what was presumably blood from the street where another car had hit another pedestrian. I don't know the severity of the injuries to the victim (and it's none of my business).

        I'm sick of this. What the f* is so important that someone's life or health is worth less than getting to your destination twenty seconds earlier?

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        good question

        and its one that every pedestrian that elects to avoid legal crosswalks/overpasses should ask themselves

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        Right, and all the drivers

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        Right, and all the drivers hitting pedestrians in crosswalks (like the aftermath of what I saw the other day?).

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        And if you're walking or cycling in a city

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        it's YOUR job to not deliberately do things that can cause you to be hit by a car. Especially when there is NO legitimate excuse to engage in such behavior.

        But I guess it's not politically correct to remind people of this fact.

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        Cars suck

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        ...and ruin cities. oh and the cause people to ...die.

        I look forward to the day when more streets in South Boston have bike lanes.

        the city should have congestion pricing and charge market rate for resident permits.

        - A South Boston community member.

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        More Vision Zero?

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        Two tragic deaths in the past few weeks - a cyclist not using the bike lane and a pedestrian not using the pedestrian bridge. Mayor Walsh is 100% correct that pedestrians and cyclists need to take some responsibility for their own safety and that endless Vision Zero measures can't replace responsibility.

        Not to be deterred, there will be a protest for more (unused) road safety features.

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        Umm, how do you know what

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        Umm, how do you know what happened? You are just making stuff up. An intoxicated driver just drove onto a sidewalk in Times Square and killed a person and sent 20 more to the hospital. But Mayor Walsh saw a cyclist go through a red light at an empty intersection so I guess its even? That is sickening.

        Car drivers are more dangerous than gang members and terrorists put together yet pedestrians, who don't kill anyone, are getting shit for walking with headphones on.

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        Once we've permanently

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        Once we've permanently eliminated all texting while driving, then we can start going after pedestrians who aren't paying enough attention.

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        Way to miss the point

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        In most cases it's good to point out that attention to X doesn't mean that no attention can be paid to Y. In this case, you're avoiding the point with great elan, that inattention, violation of rules, operating while impaired, etc. by a driver has many more and much worse consequences FOR OTHERS; on the part of a cyclist or a pedestrian, the consequences are most likely to oneself. This does suggest that curtailing one kind of behavior should be prioritized over the other.

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        Body count vs. resources

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        Sheer bodycount resulting from driver misbehavior versus pedestrian or cyclist misbehavior is a great guide to where we should concentrate enforcement resources.

        Not where Roadman has decided that his lawn is today or who he feels good yelling at.

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        Cyclists are not required to

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        Cyclists are not required to use the bike lane. I'm not going to open up the can of worms, but please, can people in this state/country/whatever just stop speaking with confidence about things they are clearly ignorant about?

        You clearly have strong opinions about an issue you are ignorant about. How? Why? Aren't you embarrassed?

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        One tiny issue

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        This incident happened in Cambridge, outside the purview of Mayor Walsh and any BTD initiatives, but whatever.

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        Cyclist was in the bike lane

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        Bike lane is on the left on Comm Ave.

        Also: CYCLISTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO USE A BIKE LANE.

        Read your driving manual, pleeeeeese!

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        crossing memorial drive

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        that is a terrible spot to try and cross. traffic is moving fast in both directions and if someone is slowing to turn into microcenter the other traffic will sometimes switch lanes quickly which would not give the driver a lot of time to see and respond to people crossing at that location.

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        As a runner

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        I have a different view than, say, a cyclist or even a pedestrian.

        That said, this is a tragedy and my heart goes out to all those affected by this.

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