Needham woman faces charges for Downtown Crossing crash that sent three to the hospital

Update: Bail set at $5,000.

Boston Police charge a Needham woman without a driver's license ran a red light and plowed into a group of pedestrians, sending three to the hospital - after good Samaritans lifted the woman's car off them.

Police say Shanitqua Steele, 25, was on School Street around noon when she ran the light at Washington Street in a courtesy car from a New Jersey Mercedes-Benz dealer:

The suspect then exited the car and fled up School Street. Working together, a group of Good Samaritans lifted the car and dragged the victims to safety. The victims were later transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Officers began a search for the suspect and were told by witnesses that they had observed a person matching the suspect description enter a brown door at 3 School Street. Officers quickly gained access to the building and located the suspect inside at which time she was placed in custody.

Steele was charged with unlicensed operation, using a motor vehicle without authority and leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident, police say.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office adds:

Victims are a 63-year-old woman visiting Boston from Spain, a 45-year-old Milford woman, and her 9-year-old son, who suffered injuries ranging from minor to serious but not life-threatening.

Innocent, etc.

Boston parents sue Costco over the detergent pod they say seriously hurt their daughter

A Boston couple has sued Costco and the maker of Kirkland detergent pods for a 2013 incident with a detergent pod that they say left their young daughter with injuries for which she still needs treatment.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Rosalynd and Jimmy Medina say their young daughter had gotten ahold of one of the brightly-colored pods one of them had bought a container of at the Dedham Costco and it "exploded" all over her hands, mouth and eyes:

On or about August 29, 2013, minor Plaintiff A.M. was rushed to the emergency room at Boston Children’s Hospital where she was admitted as a patient for four days and subsequently required long-term medical care for treatment of corneal abrasion, chemical pneumonitis, respiratory distress with upper airway swelling, obstructive sleep apnea, chronic changes in her lungs, feeding difficulties and reactive airway disease.

[She] is still undergoing treatment as a result of the injuries she sustained from her exposure to the Kirkland Ultraclean Detergent Pods.

The parents say the two companies should have known about the risks to young children posed by the pods and not sold a clearly dangerous product.

As designed and manufactured, the pods, which contain highly concentrated toxic detergent, are prone to rupture when handled by children, who are attracted to the pods because of their size, color and overall design and their packaging;

The pods are dangerously defective and pose an unreasonable risk of harm to young children;

The pods are packaged and marketed with inadequate warnings; and

The pods are dangerously defective and not reasonably fit for their ordinary and foreseeable uses.

The couple is seeking compensation for their daughter's physical injuries, mental anguish, penalties and attorney's fees.

Dead train at Porter turns commute into a real snorter

A Red Line train that left this mortal coil at Porter Square is causing what the T acknowledges are "severe" delays.

Laura shows us the ironic sign at Harvard - as if anybody could possibly run on that ramp:

Scene at Harvard on the Red Line

South Boston crash sends one to the hospital in critical condition

Aftermath of the crash. Photo by MB.

Ed. note: Headline changed until I get a definite answer on the state of the injured person.

Around 10 p.m. at Dorchester Street and Old Colony Avenue, involving two cars. MB reports one of the cars blew through a red light. The homicide unit was called in - routine for unexpected deaths or cases where somebody is near death - and officers from other districts have been called in to shut down roads in the area.

FTC131 also saw the aftermath of the crash:

Crash at Dorchester Street and Old Colony Avenue

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